Striving For Black Excellence: Honoring Juneteenth

Jun. 18, 2021
Juneteenth Celebration

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.

African American Equity Task Force Updates

June 2021: Year-end Recap

This is our year-end update on progress toward fulfilling the Black Excellence Resolution and the AAETF recommendations. Thank you for your commitment to equity in DPS.

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About The African American Equity Task Force

In response to concerns related to the experiences of African American/Black students, team members and families in Denver Public Schools and the Board of Education adopted a set of recommendations developed by the AAETF in June 2017, followed by the Black Excellence Resolution in February, 2019.

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