On June 19, 2023, the University of Arizona celebrated its inaugural observation of Juneteenth at Centennial Hall. The event, attended by a diverse audience of students, faculty, and community members, was an electrifying evening. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, honored the university with their presence. Moderated by Denise TrimbleSmith, the director of justice initiatives at the UA, the discussion explored the profound significance of Juneteenth and the enduring legacies of their remarkable mothers. It emphasized the pivotal role of women in driving meaningful social change.
We were grateful to the Beyond Juneteenth Committee, Mayor Regina Romero, and UA President Dr. Robert Robbins for organizing this incredible event. Their efforts contribute to the ongoing celebration and honoring of African American history.
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