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SSD Celebrates Juneteenth

June 19, 2022 - Today, June 19, SSD celebrates Juneteenth as a day of recognition, restoration, and celebration of African American freedom and achievement. SSD stands in solidarity with all students, staff, and community members who have experienced hardships, mistreatment, or harassment due to the color of their skin. The District honors and recognizes the contributions that people of color have made and continue to make, toward the betterment of our nation.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which declared more than three million slaves as free men and women. On June 19, 1865, almost two and a half years after the signing, enslaved Texas residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished and the Civil War had ended. Although slavery did not end in the U.S. until the 14th amendment was passed, this date grew to be recognized as an occasion to recognize freedom and emancipation, transforming into a celebration that honors the culture, traditions, sacrifices, and accomplishments of African Americans. Juneteenth is viewed as an important milestone in US history, as it started to lay the foundation of freedom for all, rather than a few.

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a U.S. federal holiday. "We can’t rest until the promise of equality is fulfilled for every one of us in every corner of this nation. That, to me, is the meaning of Juneteenth. That’s what it’s about,” said President Biden during the signing.

SSD’s Board of Education read a proclamation in support of Juneteenth at the June 14, 2022 Board of Education meeting.

Special School District buildings, schools, and programs will be closed Monday, June 20 in observation of Juneteenth. Partner districts will follow summer programming schedules specific to their District. Transportation staff should follow their route schedules.