Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. TU will commemorate Juneteenth by hosting, collaborating on, and supporting various opportunities for the community, healing, reflection, support, education, and action for the TU community.


Health and Its Connection to Wealth

Tuesday, June 1 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

Did you know that the top cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical debt? This workshop discusses the connection between our health and financial wellness.

Obtaining Wealth: Entrepreneurship

Friday, June 4 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

This workshop discusses steps and considerations for starting or growing a business. The speakers come from Operation Hope, an organization that helps entrepreneurs and future business owners get started, Baltimore Community Lending, an organization that helps small business owners obtain funding, and Brandon Moody, the owner of a new clothing store in Towson.

Obtaining Wealth: Real Estate

Wednesday, June 9 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

Germano Gomez, from the Harbor Bank of Maryland, will discuss how real estate can be a powerful method of obtaining and transferring wealth in the Black community.

Black Trauma, Black Emancipation, and Black Inequality are Public Health Matters

Thursday, June 10 | 10­ to 11 a.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by Sharon Jones-Eversley, Towson University, and Lorraine Dean, Johns Hopkins University

On June 19, 1865, Civil War, Union soldiers took control of Texas and enforced the emancipation of slaves in the state. Henceforth, Juneteenth is celebrated as the date slaves were freed in America. The June 19th date recognizes the importance of: 

  • unified cultural awareness of emancipation
  • seminal consciousness and humanization of true freedom

The cultural commemoration of Juneteenth also affirms that emancipation is beyond policy or politics. It’s a humanitarian, social, and public health declaration, commitment, and actions that both acknowledge and promote the healing and wholeness of the surviving descendants of former slaves.

The presentation will explore the Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome, and its inter-generational impact on persons of African descent in America, particularly, black males. Also, the Social Germ Transmission of Racism and Inequality (SGTRI) conceptual model developed by Drs. Jones-Eversley (Towson University) and Dean (Johns Hopkins University) will be shared through the lens of the epidemiological triangle. 

Recommended Readings for this Presentation

Maintaining Wealth: Financial Planning

Monday, June 14 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

Raquel Tennanct, CFP and TU alum, discusses how the Black community can build wealth by leveraging a Certified Financial Advisor.

Bounded Freedom — The Nebulous Concept of Freedom

Tuesday, June 15 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by Donn Worgs, professor, TU political science

This session explores the nebulous idea of “freedom” from the 19th century to now and how laws constrain and confine liberty.

Redlining: Baltimore’s History in Comparison with American History

Wednesday, June 16 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by Tia Howard, TU Career Center

Redlining in Baltimore has had numerous effects on housing ownership in the Black communities. However, redlining was and is a national concern. This session will compare Baltimore’s and national redlining history and the challenging that are still prevalent today.

Reflection and Celebration

Wednesday, June 16 | 1 to 2 p.m. | Instagram Live
Hosted by The Center for Student Diversity

Join the CSD and friends as we celebrate Juneteenth! Collectively we will reflect on our relationships with Freedom Day and share how we continue to educate ourselves and others on this part of American history.

Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium

Thursday, June 17 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the TU Writing Center

As the country begins its long-awaited reckoning with institutional racism, colleges and universities have been engaging deeply in the ethical dilemma of our time: how do our institutional structures and practices contribute to the problem of silencing, marginalizing, minoritizing and otherwise harming black and indigenous students of color? What do we need to change to create not just a passively inclusive atmosphere for students, but an actively anti-racist one?

This fully online virtual symposium will feature a series of five virtual workshops designed to address writing instruction across the TU curriculum, including workshops focused on first year writing (ENG 102 and TSEM), graduate student writing support, tutoring, international and multilingual student support, and linguistic justice.

Dance: Pursuit of Hope

Friday, June 18 | Noon to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by Vincent E. Thomas, Professor, Dance

This powerful artistic presentation — a fitting segue to Juneteenth Day — depicts persistence to find justice and freedom, individually and systemically, while at the same time challenging us to not only imagine, but to pursue confronting and dismantling all structures of oppression. Only then can freedom can be achieved.

Juneteenth Observed

Friday, June 18 | TU Closed


Saturday, June 19

Historic East Towson Juneteenth Music Festival

Saturday, June 19 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Ticketed Event
Hosted by the Northeast Towson Improvement Association Inc.

The Music Festival will take place at the legendary Elks Lodge, which has long been the social and cultural heart of this Historic African American community, founded by slaves from the Hampton Plantation, over 200 years ago.

Scheduled to perform at the event are singer/songwriter Carly Troyer, the great Jordan Gillis Band, vocal sensation Katyrah Love, jazz/rock fusion guitarist Noah Pierre, and the Diamonds of Jazz featuring Larzine.

All proceeds will go to the Northeast Towson Improvement Association for the benefit of the Historic East Towson community and its residents. Public Parking is located only minutes away at either the Baltimore County Public Library or the Cinemark Theatres.

Transferring Wealth: Estate Planning

Thursday, June 24 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

Greg Dash, Sr., Esquire, will talk about the importance of planning our affairs. He will discuss wills, advanced directives, and other components of an estate plan.

Protecting and Transferring Wealth: Insurance

Monday, June 28 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom Event
Hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

Jay West, from AJR Insurance, will talk about how our communities can protect or wealth and next generations with insurance. He will discuss the different types of insurance and how to determine your needs.

Juneteenth Resources