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Presented By: Rackham Graduate School

Juneteenth Symposium: Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing—Art and Culture

10:00 a.m. Welcome
Gregory Thomas, Program Manager, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
10:05 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Mike Solomon, Dean, Rackham Graduate School
10:10 a.m. Spoken Word
Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, Visiting Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies
10:25 a.m. Articulations of Blackness, Black Life, and Black History in University of Michigan Museum of Arts’s Collections
Ozi Uduma, Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art
11:00 a.m. Poem
monét cooper, Doctoral Student, Joint Program in English and Education
11:05 a.m. Transition and Break
11:20 a.m. Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
U-M Men’s Glee Club
11:45 a.m. What’s Happening Next, Program Manager, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives
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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