2019 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt to host Juneteenth commemoration event

Release Date: Jun 17, 2019

TOPEKA – (June 17, 2019) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will host a Juneteenth commemoration event this Wednesday, June 19, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor Auditorium.

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This year's commemoration bears special significance in this 400th year after the first enslaved people were brought to what would later become the United States, arriving in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

The event will feature guest speaker Washburn Law School Dean Carla Pratt. Prior to joining Washburn Law in 2018, Dean Pratt served as associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. She also served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota, and was in private practice as a commercial litigator. 

Wednesday, June 19


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor Auditorium

120 SW 10th Avenue

Following the lecture, there will be a short reception with cake and punch. The event is open to the public and members of the media. 

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