Juneteenth 2020 Commemoration

The Lawrenceville School will close campus today at 12:00 p.m. in observance of Juneteenth. While our country and our School community is reckoning with centuries of racism and discrimination, Lawrentians are asked to pause and focus on what they can do individually and collectively to dismantle systemic and structural barriers to equality. 
 
As part of its continuing efforts to educate its community about issues of social justice and racial inequality, Lawrenceville will provide copies of the all-School read, “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin, to all employees. 
 
The School’s Bunn Library has created a list of resources for additional reading on the history of Juneteenth and social justice issues. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the “Lawrenceville Community Project: Bearing Witness to Spring 2020.” 
 
These are some of the small steps the School is taking to make Lawrenceville a more equitable and just community. Each School community member has a role to play as Lawrenceville comes together to create meaningful and lasting change.
 
Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts, questions, or concerns at smurray@lawrenceville.org or via dei@lawrenceville.org as Lawrenceville continues its journey of reconciliation together.
 
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.
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