In Recognition of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth marks an important day in the history of this country.  The Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, almost three years after it was issued. With the eventual ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, slavery was  finally abolished.* Contributions of African Americans to the growth and enrichment of this country have been consistent since that day, enriching higher education institutions by broadening capacity, perspective, and critical thinking in spite of the ongoing struggles to achieve equality.

Today we recognize the significance of what transpired on this day 155 years ago. We renew our commitment to acknowledge and honor the promise of freedom and justice, and we reaffirm the  declaration that ALL people are “created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Education and strong, courageous leadership are the fundamental weapons in our fight to end injustice, racism and inequity. We realize that we have far yet to travel to ensure that our students experience greater equality and justice; ours is a noble calling, but our work is far from finished.

Creating equitable access to higher education is a founding principle and a vital component of our work as educational leaders and caring people. ACCT is proud to stand with our member boards and colleges, and to support and affirm the work that they do in service to the millions of students from every background and ethnicity who walk through the doors of these institutions every year in the hopes that they too,  will be fully enfranchised into the American dream.

 

*Corrected to reflect historical accuracy