About News Dean Solomon: Juneteenth Reflections Jun 19, 2020 Ian Solomon Dean Solomon: Juneteenth Reflections Juneteenth, like America, is an unfolding, unfinished story. It is a story about Black slaves in Galveston, Texas, learning the news on June 19, 1865, that major Confederate armies had surrendered to Union Troops and that Black people in Texas were legally free. Union General Gordon Granger read aloud the wartime Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln two and a half years earlier. Even if some plantation owners tried to conceal the news until after the harvest, “Freedom Day” had finally arrived. This story is embedded within a longer story. A story of heroic efforts to end the dehumanizing international slave trade and abolish everywhere its American cousin of racialized chattel slavery. Anti-slavery crusaders were active from before the American Revolution and continued through the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in December 1865. Heroes of this story include former slaves Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and numerous allies like William Lloyd Garrison and Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner (the inspiration for my second son’s name). Read in Medium Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon The Batten School Announces 2020-21 Recipients of the Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship News Today, the Batten School announced the nine student recipients of the Bocock and Hitz Public Service Fellowship for 2020-21. Through the generosity of Mary Buford and Fred Hitz, the fellowship was established in 2012 to support exceptional students in MPP program who are dedicated to creating positive change in their public service careers. Racial Equity Task Force Discusses Steps Forward, Learning From Past Recommendations News The public session of the University’s Racial Equity Task Force featuring Dean Solomon occurred virtually Friday, over one month after a group of Black student activists and the Black Student Alliance sent separate list of demands to the task force.