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Juneteenth events begin next Monday with a screening of “Our America: Black Freedom”

Juneteenth — a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans — takes place on June 19 annually. Since it falls on a Sunday in 2022, the federal (and UC) holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20. The Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) has planned several events for UCOP colleagues throughout the week of June 13 to inform, educate and entertain colleagues. 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.”
· Kick-Off Zoom link:

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.
· Meditation Zoom link:

 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.
· Reparations Panel Zoom link: 

“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”!
· Screening Zoom link:

Rev. Dr. Martha Taylor on the Influence of the Black Church
June 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
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: 

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.
Voting rights Zoom link: 

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

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