UK will recognize Juneteenth as holiday for first time this year

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The campus will shut down on Friday, June 18, because the actual holiday falls on Saturday, June 19.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The University of Kentucky will recognize Juneteenth as a holiday for the first time in its history this year.

The campus will shut down on Friday, June 18, because the actual holiday falls on Saturday, June 19.

It will be a paid holiday for campus employees.

The announcement was made last year by University President Eli Capilouto.

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The school’s spokesperson, Jay Blanton, says this is part of a multi-year effort to enhance diversity equity and inclusion on the campus.

“We also hope it is a symbolic gesture, it asks everyone on our campus community to think about, reflect on how we can be stewards of that promise to be a more accepting community a more inclusive a more diverse community,” Blanton said.

The school has more than a dozen projects in the works that address diversity equity and inclusivity. A video will be played campus-wide discussing the importance of Juneteenth.

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