Reflections on Juneteenth and America's Racial Legacy Lectures

Dear Members of the Rice Community,

Rice University is inaugurating an annual lecture series to commemorate Juneteenth, “Reflections on Juneteenth and America’s Racial Legacy Lectures”. This initial offering will be on Friday, June 19th and only available online. All are welcome, and we specifically encourage Rice students, alumni, faculty, and staff to join.

Given the events of the past few weeks, we hope that this will begin a process of reflection and discussion on the history of racial injustice, and begin a process of working towards a more diverse and inclusive community at Rice.

The program was designed with substantial breaks to enable as many as possible to participate. There are four one - hour sessions. Three of the sessions consists of short talks by Rice faculty, one session is a keynote by Captain Paul J. Matthews, Founder and Chairman, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

Additional information about the webinar and how to join will be provided next week. Several Rice offices have provided leadership on this project and other efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for African and African American Studies, and the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice have all made major contributions. We are especially grateful to the nine faculty members who volunteered their participation, and to Captain Matthews.


David Leebron

Reginald DesRoches