Juneteenth celebration commemorate resilience in African Americans

Seattle Central celebrated collective liberation and black resilience at the inaugural Juneteenth event earlier this month.

The two-day campus-wide event encouraged the college community to come together to commemorate, remember, honor and celebrate the freedom and resilience of African Americans after the Emancipation Proclamation abolished the institution of slavery in Confederate states. Highlights from the event included an inter-generational talking circle focused on healing, and guest poet Natasha Marin, who led an interactive poetry workshop for students to figure out how their family ancestry informs their habits, goals and ideas about the world.

 “We are here to celebrate the resilience of Black culture and Black people, and the collective will that is leading us to liberation,” President Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D., said. “We are here to cherish the next generation who will see progress and opportunity that our parents and grandparents could only hope for.”