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BSFO will celebrate Juneteenth with films, scholars and more

The Juneteenth Flag

Monday, June 20, is Juneteenth — a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. The Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) has planned several events for UCOP colleagues throughout the week of June 13. Please mark your calendars and save the dates!

2022 Juneteenth events

Please note that all listings reflect Pacific Time. Advance registration is not required for any event; simply join by using the provided Zoom link.

Kick-Off and Screening of “Our America: Black Freedom”
June 13, 12 – 1 p.m.
To kick off Juneteenth, BSFO will provide an overview of Juneteenth and the Juneteenth Flag. This presentation will be followed by a screening of the documentary, “Our America: Black Freedom.”

Healing Meditation with LeNaya Crawford
June 14 & June 16, 8:45 – 9 a.m.
Returning by popular demand, LeNaya Crawford will offer two sessions of healing meditations in honor of Juneteenth.

 Reparations Panel
June 14, 12 – 1 p.m.
Three experts who serve on the California Reparations Task Force — Donald Tamaki, J.D.; Kamilah Moore, J.D.; and Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.) will speak about the meaning and importance of reparations, including the history of reparations in America. They will also provide information on how to support tangible reparations for American Descendants of Slavery.

“Black-ish” Screening
June 15, 12 – 12:30 p.m. 

Kick back, laugh and learn about Juneteenth during a lunchtime screening of the ABC sitcom, “Black-ish”!

Rev. Dr. Martha Taylor on the Influence of the Black Church
June 16 (Time pending)
Rev. Dr. Martha Taylor will speak about the significant influence of the Black Church in California and the Bay Area from the 1800s through today.

  • Zoom link: Pending

Voting Rights Presentation
June 17, 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Distinguished guests John Brown Childs, Ph.D., and Jonathan Mehta Stein, J.D., will speak about the importance of voting and voting rights. This event will open with a special presentation from President Drake.

For event questions, please contact Joyce Price. You can also learn more about Juneteenth and the Juneteenth flag.


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