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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
As our community prepares to mark the celebration of Juneteenth, Louisiana Tech University will partner with the cities of Grambling and Ruston to mark the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. This will be the first year for celebrations in the City of Ruston, and we’re excited to collaborate on this important event.
The Ruston Juneteenth Celebration, featuring vocalists Big Al Cherry, Men of Faith, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Bryon Cage and a praise team of singers from Temple Baptist Church, The Bridge, The Springs and Zion Traveler Baptist Church, will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 19 in downtown Ruston’s Railroad Park.
Tickets are $5 and are available online at ziontravelercdc.com. The event will feature food trucks and children’s activities and is also sponsored by the Real Change in Ruston committee and the Zion Traveler Community Development Corporation. More information is available online.
- A candlelight vigil, complete with food and music, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Grambling. More information is available online.
- Opening of the GEDC Building from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at Legends Square, Suite 110, in Grambling.
- Fishing Tournament from 7:30-11 a.m. June 19 at City Park in Grambling.
- Juneteenth Scholarship Walk at 8 a.m. June 19th at Real life Wellness Center in Grambling. Register online.
- Commemorative marker presentation from 10-11:30 a.m. June 19 at Legends Square, Suite 104.
- Voter registration drive starting at 10 a.m. June 19 in Legends Square.
- Popup street party for children ages 3 and up from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 19 at Grambling City Park.
- Fish and shrimp fry from noon to 3 p.m. June 19 at Grambling City Park.
- Freedom Painters paint party from 3-5 p.m. June 19 at Legends Square, Suite 104.
- Facebook movie event for “Prince Among Men” beginning at 6 p.m. June 19.
- Showing of “Entanglement” at 8:30 p.m. June 19 at the GSU Quad across from T.H. Harris Auditorium.
In addition to the local events, I encourage everyone to register for the University of Louisiana System’s Black Male Summit, planned for June 17. The Black Male Summit is designed to celebrate and provide opportunities to exchange innovative strategies concerning Black males in higher education. This community-building experience will focus on cradle-to-career success for Black male faculty, staff, and students, with an emphasis on enhancing access and increasing opportunities.
The Summit will be held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Registration is free for the event, which is planned to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth and will offer us all the opportunity to engage in discussion with our colleagues and work to find solutions for challenges all our institutions face.
I thank our University leaders, including DeVaria Ponton, Director of our Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Miss Juneteenth Lauren Washington, for their work organizing these events with our partners throughout the parish. Please make plans to take advantage of the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our history along with our extended Tech Family.