MCC will be closed in observance of Juneteenth Day on Monday, June 20. The College will reopen on Tuesday morning, June 21.
The following message is shared pn behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Stanley:
Dear SUNY Community,
This Monday our nation officially observes Juneteenth, which commemorates the day more than a century and a half ago when the Union army arrived in Texas and proclaimed the end of slavery. It is a day of both infamy and celebration when the last enslaved people learned they were free – a full five months after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the war had officially ended.
Over the coming days there will be dozens of events held across SUNY campuses, as well as in many local communities. As we celebrate, we must also mark our nation’s history by remembering those whose freedom and families were torn from them, and continuing to march forward on that long and ever-bent arc of justice.
Significant work remains ahead for all of us. We must do more – and be better – in confronting and dismantling racism and white supremacy, both within higher education and by using the power a college education provides.
We applaud the organizers who have made the many festivals, storytelling sessions, music events, and other Juneteenth commemorations possible. We encourage you to visit the calendar of events at your local campus to learn what they have planned, and also consider attending community events. To assist you, here are some opportunities in Albany, NYC, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Long Island.
We wish you a meaningful Juneteenth!
SUNY Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Stanley