De La Salle High School joins the nation in commemorating Juneteenth as our newest holiday. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, granting freedom to all enslaved peoples after the end of the Civil War, two and a half years passed before the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally notified of their liberty. That date, June 19, 1865, is known as Juneteenth.
As Lasallians we commit ourselves to engaging with the many stories of resistance and resilience within our Black and African American community that adds to a fuller understanding of our shared American History. Elevating these voices is yet another way to feed our collective energy as we continue the fight for true, real, and lasting freedom, strengthening a campus community that cultivates respect for all persons and is truly inclusive. To this end, we share some resources to help us reflect on and honor Juneteenth: