Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration 2021

This virtual event will begin on June 15 through June 17.

The Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration

The celebration will bring awareness of Juneteenth Emancipation Day, to serve as a unified and collective voice to represent the diverse lived experiences of the Black community at the University of Redlands, including all of its campuses’. 

Presented by:
Black Student Faculty Staff Administrator and Alumni (BSFSAA) in collaboration with Black Student Union (BSU) and Campus Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)


Opal Lee

The University of Redlands becomes a part of making Juneteenth a National Holiday!

Hello, I am Opal Lee from Fort Worth, TX and I am 94 years old. I want Juneteenth to be recognized as a National Holiday. Yes, Juneteenth originated in TX, but 47 states now have it as a state day of observance to commemorate the ending of slavery and more are making it a paid day off including Virginia, New York, and Texas. I believe Juneteenth can be a unifier because it recognizes that slaves didn't free themselves and that they had help, from Quakers along the Underground Railroad, abolitionists both black and white like Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, soldiers and many others who gave their lives for the freedom of the enslaved.

Sign the petition on United States Congress: Make Juneteenth a National Holiday in 2021


Dr. Antoinette Harrell

Finding Our Ancestors: Collecting Oral Family History

Dr. Antoinette Harrell

Genealogist, and local historian with an emphasis in African American history in Tangipahoa & St. Helena, Louisiana Parishes. Discover your family history by exploring historical records and other resources are easier than you think. Dr. Harrell will discuss online resources and finding aids that can help you with your genealogy research. You will learn how to conduct and plan oral history interviews. Most importantly, what questions to ask and how to preserve your interviews.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

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Untold Stories

Untold Stories of Black History Redlands, CA

Black history in Redlands, CA is not widely known to the public. This event will allow participants to understand Black history and to understand who has come before us as trailblazers. Share stories of Black history in Redlands. Focusing on the contributions of notable Black Alumni such as Dr. Dorothy Inghram and Dr. Amos Isaac.

Tuesday, June 15th
3:10 PM to 4:10 PM

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The Black Pages

The Reveal of

There are many Black directories available across the United States. As Black communities continue to seek familiar and safe spaces, Black directories continue to be necessary for our well-being. Click here to learn more about the resource and ways to get involved with the project.

Thursday, June 17th
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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BlaQ Celebration & History

Sponsored by the University of Redlands, Pride Center, a conversation with Evolve Benton, poet, healer, and speaker, will include interactive dialogue about Juneteenth and LGBTQ history. We will explore intersectionality and healing around the erasure of LGBTQ identity in the black community. Participants can anticipate: Poetry reading, history of the moment, writing prompt, break out room discussion, group share back, and action steps. Limited to 50 people.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. pst

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Opal Lee interview

Social Impact Leader, Opal Lee Live
Interview by
Dr. Christopher Jones, JDL

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Christopher Jones, will interview Opal Lee, the interview will discuss reasons why Juneteenth is an important holiday to the Black and African American community and address why June 19th, should be a nationally celebrated holiday. Opal Lee describes her walk to DC, and invites everyone to walk with her

Immediately following the interview Opal Lee will be on live for a Q&A session Lead by Dr. Shindale Seale. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. 

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Crown & GloryCrown and Glory Historicial Hair Loss & Advice for Nauralistas
An Interview by Jayla Brown, '22, BSU, BSFSAA

Ky Smith and Nicola Forbes Martin will answer questions on Instagram Live. Often, as black people, we suffer from hair loss due to stress, diet, and products, we want to bring this knowledge and awareness to our community. What we hope to achieve through this live, is to give people an opportunity to get their questions answered on all things hair related, and to walk away empowered. The goal is to give all attendees a start on pinpointing hair loss, product knowledge, and overall healthy hair.

Wednesday, June 16,2021
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.


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U O RealTalk



Real Talk

Join us for a REAL conversation with a pioneer of the Colorado judicial System. Judge Gary Jackson has dedicated himself to narrowing the professional divide that has plagued the Colorado and National Judicial System. The under-representation on the bench for people of color is not due to a lack of talent but rather an absence of opportunity. Judge Gary Jackson will share his story and his “Call to Action” delivered to the nation’s judges.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
10:40 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.

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History of Juneteenth

The History of Juneteenth

Presented by Dr. Alesha Knox, M.Ed and Dr. Shindale Seale
Please join us as we provide the history of Juneteenth, and how we can celebrate this much needed holiday now and in the future. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
10:40 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.

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Juneteenth Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to Dalyn Montgomery for being selected as the winner of the 2021 Juneteenth Poster Contest.

The poster will be displayed in the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion in commemoration of the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration 2021.

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Juneteenth Sample Letter

Campus Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is encouraging people who support recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday to contact their congressional representative. A sample letter and a link to your representative are provided.

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Connect with CDI

Campus Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) works collaboratively with many individuals, departments and offices to create a campus where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

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Connect with the Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing

The Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing plays a vital role in helping the University of Redlands to be “community of scholars.” We live out this ideal by being a community that fosters wellbeing and academic success, and in which all members participate in and uphold the standards derived from our shared values.

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“We are hoping to continue to foster collaboration, communication, and engagement within our community and the broader community,” writes the Black Student, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Alumni Association.
Establishing space for the Black community

“We are hoping to continue to foster collaboration, communication, and engagement within our community and the broader community,” writes the group.

College of Arts and Sciences graduates Aimee Carrillo '21 (left) and Bianca Lopez Villa '21 celebrate Commencement together during a virtual event for first-generation students.
First-generation graduates and their supporters share tears, wisdom, and laughter

The College’s First-Generation Senior Ceremony gave students an opportunity to celebrate their journey through the past four years.

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Study Away ambassadors help first-generation students seize educational opportunities

“We wanted to create a student-driven group in order to increase student participation and improve our offerings for our first-generation community,” says Study Away Assistant Director Evelyn Lueker.