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Presented By: Rackham Graduate School

Juneteenth Symposium: Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing—Opening

10:00 a.m. Welcome
Gregory Thomas, Program Manager, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
10:10 a.m. Black National Anthem
Larry James Walker II, Worship and Creative Arts Pastor
10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Susan M. Collins, Provost, University of Michigan
10:30 a.m. Libations
Elizabeth James, Program Associate, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
10:40 a.m. History of Juneteenth
William Hampton, President, NAACP, Ann Arbor Branch
11:55 a.m. What’s Happening Next
Gregory Thomas, Program Manager, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
This event is co-sponsored by Rackham’s Strategic Action Leadership Team, NAACP Ann Arbor Branch, Association of Black Social Work Students, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Center for Social Solutions, In Collaboration with: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the CEW+ Women of Color Task Force.
For full symposium information and links to the live stream of events visit
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