• June 19, 2020

     vintage photo of Black Americans in Texas celebrating Juneteenth

    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. -ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16th President of the United States of America


    Happy Juneteenth! In response to the Civil War and its impact on the American society, President Abraham Lincoln, through the Emancipation Proclamation, declared that effective January 1, 1863, all slaves held in states in opposition to the Union were to be “now and henceforth, forever free”. It would not be until June 19, 1865, that the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment would take effect and free all slaves. Newly freed slaves in Texas officially declared June 19, 1865 “Juneteenth” in honor of their freedom.

    The BALSZ Elementary School District #31 would like to commemorate "Freedom Day," for all slaves and their descendants. Please take time today to stop and learn more about ‘Juneteenth’ and its impact on American history. Learn more at https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

    As your newly appointed Superintendent, it is my honor to begin the work officially on such an auspicious holiday! As we forge a new path of success, always remember that education can and will be the ‘great equalizer’. BALSZ School District will always strive for excellence and equality. We simply ask that everyone, “Believe in BALSZ!

    Freedom in America is a right, not a privilege!

    -Dr. Arleen M. Kennedy, #BelieveinBalsz

    Dr. Arleen Kennedy under Balsz logo with hand under Children First