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OSU to recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon State University said Friday it will recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday on June 18, underscoring the university’s commitment to leading change and dismantling systemic racism.

Juneteenth acknowledges the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, two years after adoption of the Emancipation Proclamation, and is a long-standing African American holiday, honoring Black history, culture, resistance and resilience.

“The treatment, experiences and struggles of Black Americans in Oregon are well documented,” said Charlene Alexander, OSU vice president and chief diversity officer. “We encourage all OSU employees and students to observe this day in support of Black Americans and a commitment to end systemic racism.”

The announcement comes days after the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Following Tuesday’s verdict, the university held an in-person and virtual event where Black members of the university community spoke about the profound effect racism has on their lives. Earlier that day, a jury convicted Chauvin on all counts of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

Floyd’s death led to worldwide protests against policy brutality, police racism and a lack of police accountability.  

The Oregon State decision aligns with the Oregon House of Representatives’ approval of HB 2168 calling for Juneteenth to be a paid state holiday. This legislation is supported by Gov. Kate Brown. If approved by the Oregon Senate, a state holiday recognition could take effect in 2022.

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  1. – real history – if you are constantly glowingly prideful when you read history, you are not reading real history – time for all of us to grow up

  2. Let’s celebrate the elimination of slavery strongly supported and defended by the Democrat party. Let’s expose how a corrupt old rich white man who supported segregation and was best friends and political mentor of a KKK Exalted Cyclops. Lets point out Joe Biden didn’t want his rich white kids going to school in a “racial jungle” with black kids and compared black children to cockroaches. The more that can expose the democrat party for its systemic racism the better.

    1. – looks like you will never escape the world you have created for yourself Joe – technically, people have to refer to you as a grownup, but that is only because you have lived so many years – your behavior certainly strains certain definitions of the word – a little less Tucker might do you some good

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