On this day, President H. James Williams, Ph.D. commemorates the resilience, strength, and enduring spirit of African American people who have contributed to the fabric of this Nation. 

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Dear Mount Community:

As we approach Juneteenth, I am filled with a deep sense of pride and introspection. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the emancipation of previously enslaved African Americans in the United States of America. It is a day that commemorates the end of a dark chapter in this country’s history and celebrates the beginning of a journey towards freedom and equality.

Juneteenth is not just a celebration of freedom; it is a testament to the resilience, strength, and enduring spirit of African American people who, despite unimaginable hardships, have contributed, immeasurably, to the fabric of this Nation. This day should remind us of the progress we, as a Nation, have made – and the significant work that remains. The Nation’s journey towards “a more perfect Union” is ongoing, and it is incumbent upon each of us to contribute to this endeavor. Juneteenth is a day for us to recommit ourselves to this pursuit.

Mount St. Joseph University has always been a place where diversity is not only recognized, but celebrated. Our Mission embraces respect and care for all persons and the diversity of cultures and beliefs. On our campus, we strive to create an inclusive environment where all persons feel valued and empowered to reach their full potentials. 

As we recognize another Juneteenth Holiday, on Wednesday, I will, again, make time to reflect on the pains and progress of the last year, celebrate the contributions of so many in the Mount community who are helping us “toward a more perfect Union,” and recommit myself to the important work ahead.  Please join me...

May God continue to bless each of us and our families, may God continue to bless Mount St. Joseph University, and may God continue to bless the United States of America… 


H. James Williams, Ph.D.