CSU–Pueblo hosts Juneteenth independence day seminar

As part of the 2007 Juneteenth celebration, the Juneteenth Organization of Pueblo, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum and Cultural Center, and Colorado State University-Pueblo through its Southeastern Colorado American History Project (SECAHP) partnership with Pueblo District 70, will sponsor a seminar and workshop on the historical role of African-Americans in Colorado and Pueblo on June 12 on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

A morning seminar will be open to the public at no charge from 9 – 11 a.m., in the Hasan School of Business Auditorium. The afternoon workshop from 1-3 p.m. will focus on K-12 teachers who are interested in incorporating the African-American history of Colorado and Pueblo into their curricula. The workshop is limited to 35 participants, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Teachers interested in participating in the workshop will be provided with a lunch, a reference book on African-American history, a Juneteenth resource CD, and may be eligible for a modest stipend.

The day’s activities will be moderated by Dr. Colette Carter, CSU-Pueblo assistant professor of political science. Her research focuses the history and experiences of African-Americans in the West. Also on the program will be Diane Baker of Pueblo Community College, whose current research focuses on the history of African-American businesses in Pueblo from 1850 onward.

According to Carter, June 19, 1865 is an example of an important and often overlooked date in American history. On that date, Union General Gordon Granger read General Order 3 of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, freeing the last group of slaves.

Interested teachers should contact Colette Carter no later than June 8 at 549-2426 or   colette.carter@colostate-pueblo.edu.

SECAHP is a Teaching American History grant-partnership among Pueblo District 70, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the sixteen K-12 school districts in the Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance (SCTEA). It is funded by the US Department of Education.

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