On Monday, Colgate will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, outlawing the enslavement of human beings descended from Africa. It took more than two years for news to reach the last of those enslaved in Texas on June 19, 1865. As we approach this holiday, I ask that you take the time to reflect on our nation’s history — and its promise.
I write today to share news that Tracey E. Hucks ’87, MA ’90, James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana and Latin American Studies, will leave Colgate University to join the faculty at Harvard University.
As Colgate prepares for the return of students on Friday, Jan. 21., I write to share some of the measures that the University is taking to support the health and safety of our entire community this spring.