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Stanford University Juneteenth Celebrations

Stanford celebrates Juneteenth by hosting events that showcase African American food, art, culture and more. From June 4 to July 19, 2024, a range of activities will be held in person across Stanford venues and virtually online.

Juneteenth celebrates the date when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, and two months after the end of the U.S. Civil War, Texas slaves discovered they were freed on June 19, 1865.

Since then, Juneteenth has been commemorated in communities across America, becoming a federal holiday in 2021. To learn more about the history of Juneteenth, please click here

2024 Events

Please continue to check this website for more details about this year’s activities.

Will Scott - Farmer illustration by Robert Coles

Visual Arts Opening Exhibit & Appetizers

Tuesday 6/4, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Cardinal Hall, Stanford University Redwood City Campus

This exhibit explores diverse artwork created by artists from Residential & Dining Enterprises, Stanford School of Medicine, the local Bay Area, and across America. Attendees will meet several of the artists whose works are displayed. From captivating photography to mesmerizing illustrations, this exhibition celebrates the power of visual storytelling in all its forms.

The exhibit runs through June 6, 2024.

Special Film Screening

Tuesday 6/4, 5:00pm-5:30pm 
Location: Cardinal Hall, Stanford University Redwood City Campus 

In collaboration with the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, a screening of “Rising: The Hall of Negro Life” a documentary film about how the creation of the Hall of Negro Life at the 1936 Texas Centennial at Fair Park lit the fire that became the civil rights movement in America. The screening will be conducted in conjunction with the Juneteenth Art Exhibition.

Special Meal Kits for Pre-order

Monday 6/10 - Friday 6/14
Location: Cardinal Café, Stanford Redwood City Campus

Cardinal Café at Stanford Redwood City will offer a special Meal Kit to take home and share with family and friends. Enjoy flavorful Crawfish Etouffee with Rice, Collard Greens, Peach Crumble Pie, and more. Pre-order June 10-14 and pick up your order June 19-21. 

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Quilt Display and Art Exhibit

Monday 6/17, 11:00am-1:30pm
Location: Kingscote Gardens

The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) will present their rich 24-year history and significant contributions to the East Bay Community and beyond. Through an engaging presentation, they will uncover the historical significance and artistic intricacies of the African American quilting tradition. Talented members of AAQGO will display their quilts, sharing personal narratives and commemorating the enduring legacy of this dynamic art form.

The visual arts display celebrates the power of visual storytelling in all its forms. Artwork ranging from captivating photography to mesmerizing illustrations will be on display, produced by diverse artists from the Bay Area and beyond.


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Live Cooking Demo with Award Winning Chefs from Residential & Dining Enterprises

Tuesday 6/18, 1:00pm-2:00 pm
Location: Cardinal Cafe, Stanford Redwood City

Executive Chefs Terry Braggs and William Montagne will craft a variety of flavorful dishes that celebrate the vibrant tapestry of Black culinary culture. From soulful classics to innovative twists, they'll share exclusive recipes and delicious samples with all who gather.

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Interactive Art Collaborative

Tuesday 6/18, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: The HUB at Stanford Research Park (SRP) – 3215 Porter Drive

Held at Stanford Research Park (SRP), instructed by a professional artist, participants will create artwork to honor the history and importance of Juneteenth through beautiful art.

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Food & Community

Wednesday 6/19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: Black Community Service Center

Guests will savor fried fish, jerk chicken, and a variety of other dishes in honor of Juneteenth. Chef Dillon Campbell, with Residential & Dining Enterprises, will share insights on the historical significance of the menu items and their importance within the African American community.

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Bridging Community: Black Staff Community and Fellowship Forum

Thursday 6/20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Center of Academic Medicine

Hosted by the School of Medicine Human Resources Group, this community event seeks to bring the Black staff community from around Stanford (both at Stanford University and Stanford Medicine) to properly celebrate Juneteenth. This forum is an opportunity to foster meaningful connections, share our unique experiences, and better cultivate supportive professional and personal networks. 

There will be a virtual option for remote staff held the following week on Friday, June 28th, on Zoom (for virtual, register here)

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Sunday Juneteenth Celebration at Memorial Church Featuring Cantabella Children's Choir

Sunday 6/23, 11:00 am
Location: Memorial Church, Stanford

Juneteenth Worship will launch the Summer Series and will feature the Cantabella Children's Chorus. The Sacred Summer Music Series invites choirs from around the Bay Area to Stanford Memorial Church each year to share their gifts and talents in a town and gown worship that celebrates the rich cultural heritages of the Bay Area. Each week we will host a different choir with sacred readings and prayers in worship and rejoice together in our Summer of Sacred Joy!

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The Domini Hoskins Black History Museum & Learning Center

Tuesday 6/25, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Kingscote Gardens

The Domini Hoskins Black History Museum & Learning Center, located in Redwood City, will present a portion of its collection to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of African Americans throughout history. The exhibit will include items highlighting Juneteenth and African Americans' significant influence in music.

chef terry braggs

Live Cooking Demo with Chef Terry Braggs

Tuesday 6/25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Webinar Link

Executive Chef Terry Braggs, with Residential & Dining Enterprises, will craft a variety of delectable dishes deeply rooted in the Black culinary tradition. Experience a delicious assortment of African American inspired dishes.

SLAC’s Juneteenth celebration “Julyteenth”

Friday 7/19, 12:15pm - 1:45pm Camp Poster Session, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Performance
Location: SLAC, B053 Main Lobby and Main Quad

The event is open to all at SLAC, Stanford, plus any friends & family of SLAC staff members!

For all non-SLAC affiliated guests, please fill out this form by July 8th. 

Other Juneteenth Activities

Redwood City Events

For the first time, Stanford's Juneteenth events, hosted at the Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus, will be open to the residents of Redwood City. This year’s collaboration marks a significant step in fostering community connections and celebrating African American culture and history together. Additionally, several members of the Stanford community will actively participate in various events organized by Redwood City, enhancing the collaborative spirit between the university and the local area. To see the full list of the City's events, visit or view the Redwood City Juneteenth Flyer.

DoM DEI Committee Event

Wednesday 6/26, 12pm-1pm
Location: The Alumni Lawn (between LKSC and the Clark Center)

Join the DoM DEI Committee for a live performance of West African Dance from Tiye Garrett and the Kuumba Dance Team. Food and drinks will be available for event guests. This is a picnic-style event, you're welcome to bring a blanket or chair! More information will be provided as we get closer to the event date.

View the flyer here.
RSVP and get event updates here. 

2024 Sponsors


Committee Members