Message to Faculty and Staff (June 15, 2020)
To faculty and staff,
As many of you know, this Friday, June 19, is Juneteenth in America—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Originally recognized in Texas forty years ago, Juneteenth is today celebrated in forty-seven states—including Maine—as either a state holiday or a ceremonial day of observance.
In recognition of this date in American history, the College will be closed this Friday. It will be a paid College holiday.
To learn more about Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation, visit the resource page created by the Bowdoin Library that contains links to articles, exhibits, books, e-books, and primary source materials on both topics.
I hope you will use this as an opportunity for further reflection on our work together to end structural racism and to strengthen our commitment to being anti-racist. The murder of Rayshard Brooks by police on Friday night in Atlanta, in the midst of the protest and national conversation about Black racism, is yet another tragic reminder that our work—to make real that Black lives matter—has just begun.
Thank you for your care for one another during these difficult days.