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Save the dates for BFSO’s Juneteenth events

Juneteenth — a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans — takes place on June 19 every year. Join the UCOP Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) in celebrating Juneteenth with a series of events leading up to the holiday that provide opportunities for learning, growth and reflection.

Note that UCOP offices will be closed on Monday, June 19 in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.

2023 BSFO Juneteenth events

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David H. Anthony III

David H. Anthony III

What Is Juneteenth?
Monday, June 12, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT)
Join via Zoom: 936 3441 7310
Come learn about the significance of Juneteenth. David H. Anthony III, Professor Emeritus of African History at UC Santa Cruz will delve into the significance and history of Juneteenth, exploring its roots and its importance in American culture.



Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.

Reparations Speaker: Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 13, 1 – 2 p.m. (PT)
Join via Zoom: 962 5244 6327
Join Cheryl Grills, Ph.D., as she discusses the meaning and importance of reparations, including the history of reparations in America. She will also provide information on how to support tangible reparations for American descendants of slavery.



Kristin Nimmers

Voting Rights Presentation: Kristin Nimmers
Wednesday, June 14, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT)
Join via Zoom: 980 8905 5733
Kristin Nimmers from the California Black Power Network will speak about the importance of voting and voting rights.





Artwork from the movie poster for “Ferguson Rises”

“Ferguson Rises” Movie Screening
Thursday, June 15, 1 – 3 p.m. (PT)
Come to the Broadway Conference Center or join via Zoom: 912 1559 5154
Join us for a special movie screening of “Ferguson Rises,” followed by a thought-provoking discussion with esteemed speakers who will explore the themes and issues presented in the film.




LeNaya Smith Crawford

Healing Meditation: LeNaya Smith Crawford
Tuesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 15, 9 – 9:15 a.m. (PT)
Join via Zoom: 961 6932 6312
Join us for a healing session with LeNaya Smith Crawford, The Holistic MFT. LeNaya is a licensed marriage and family therapist, holistic healer, wellness expert and entrepreneur who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with a certification in trauma therapy.

About BSFO

The UCOP Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) strives to maintain a network of communication amongst Black employees at UCOP, specifically promoting an environment that supports the well-being, enrichment, and professional development of the Office of the President’s Black staff and faculty. Learn more about BSFO.

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