Juneteenth recognized as a holiday across a dozen Maryland colleges, universities

Juneteenth is now a holiday for several colleges and universities across Maryland. Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, which includes 12 institutions in all, Jay A. Perman, made the announcement.

Juneteenth, June 19, is a day commemorating the end of slavery in America.

“The granting of leave came in the emotionally raw weeks following the killing of George Floyd, and was meant to help us confront the pain and indignity that slavery has left behind, to reflect on the fight for freedom and justice—then and now—and to joyfully celebrate Black history and culture, Black resistance and resilience,” Perman said in a statement.

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