The SEC and the University of Kentucky have both tweeted out statements regarding their support and celebration of Juneteenth, a day honoring the commemoration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) June 19, 2020
The SEC made the decision to close offices on Friday, June 19th, and encouraged staff to spend the day “serving, learning, engaging, or acting” in honor of the day.
This comes a day after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey condemned the Mississippi state flag, barring any SEC championships from being held in the state until the flag is changed. The University of Florida also came forward on Thursday, saying the “Gator Bait” chant will no longer be allowed at university sporting events due to the racial history that is associated with the phrase.
The University of Kentucky also tweeted in honor of Juneteenth, with a link to a Q&A session featuring a university professor for those who may have questions about the day and its meaning.
Today, we commemorate #JUNETEENTH2020
We all want to learn more about African American history — a legacy filled with tragedy, inequality, resilience and survival.
— University of Kentucky (@universityofky) June 19, 2020
UK President Eli Capilouto also announced that starting in the 2020-21 academic year, Juneteenth will be a university holiday.