On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Black people of African descent who were enslaved in Texas (which was still under Confederate control until Union troops arrived) were told that slavery had been abolished and that they were free by executive decree. To this day, we recognize and honor the Black and African American experience in the United States, and our ancestors, their sacrifice and the legacy we all share. Learn more about Juneteenth and this year’s celebration in Denver.
In alignment with this historic event, and taking into consideration the current socio-political environment, it is important that we push forward our work to achieve Black excellence in DPS. As we honor this historic day, we want to share with you the progress we have made, thanks to the African American Equity Task Force (AAETF) recommendations and the Black Excellence Resolution. Please see our annual recap below.