Juneteenth Recognition Events

The CSU and Sonoma State University are sponsoring Juneteenth events free and open to the public
June 6, 2024
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The CSU and Sonoma State University are sponsoring free events as a way to recognize Juneteenth and its place in African American history, and to inspire collective and individual actions toward greater equity and racial justice.

2024 CSU Juneteenth Symposium: Let Freedom Ring: Breaking Chains and Elevating to New Heights
June 13 and 14

All are invited to join a livestream of the California State University’s second biennial Juneteenth Symposium June 13 and 14, designed to elevate the celebration and recognition of African American history and achievement while promoting and sustaining the anti-racism work underway across the CSU’s 23 campuses. The convening will once again feature world-class speakers, evocative performances, and thought-provoking panel discussions meant to inspire connection, innovation and continued pursuit of a just and equitable world.  

Registration for the livestream is free. Go to www.Calstate.edu/Juneteenth

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Mildred García, Chancellor, California State University

  • Dr. Luke Wood, President, California State University, Sacramento

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning civil rights journalist/Knight Chair in Race and Journalism, Howard University

  • Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Director, Boston University Center for Antiracism Research

Juneteenth Luncheon: Celebrating Freedom and Honoring Progress
Wednesday, June 19

Sonoma State University and the City of Rohnert Park are partnering to host the Second Annual Juneteenth Luncheon: Celebrating Freedom and Honoring Progress, Wednesday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. All Sonoma State employees and students working and living on campus are invited.

Juneteenth commemorates the freedom of enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas in 1865, which came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Come hear from SSU Alumnus Kirstyne Lange, President of the Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Branch of the NAACP, briefly speak on the significance of Juneteenth and its importance for the Black community in Sonoma County.

Two individuals distinguished for their community impact will be honored at the event: SSU retired staff member Andre Bailey and local business owner Marilyn Hutcheson.

Admission to the Juneteenth event is free, but advanced registration is required at https://bit.ly/rpjuneteenth24. Free onsite childcare (including lunch) for children ages 3-10 years is available by registration only