Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Hosts Juneteenth Celebration
- Date: 06/19/2017 (all day)
- Introduction: The oldest worldwide celebration to commemorate the ending of slavery in the Unites States happens on June 19, with daytime and evening events
EMCC is honored to celebrate this historical event that dates to 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that the war was over and enslaved people were now free. The college hosts day and evening programs that includes traditional festivities, including guest speakers, music performances, and food.
Daytime Program: 12:00 – 2:20 p.m. Monday, June 19th in the Center for Teaching and Learning
Evening Program: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 19th in the Performing Arts Center
Location: Both events are held on the Estrella Mountain Community College Campus, 3000 N. Dysart Road, in Avondale, AZ, 85392
The daytime event features guest speaker Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a locally based minister, political consultant, and civil rights activist. Maupin has garnered media attention for his commitment to raising awareness about human rights issues, as well as his development and facilitation of advocacy-related events that present those issues to a broad audience. The day program also includes singer Candice Chavez, who will sing the national anthem, as well as songs that are reflective of Juneteenth and its importance. There will also be a barbecue lunch. Maupin said that in addition to participating in the festivities, he will “lead a discussion on race, politics, and everything in between.” He is excited to address students and encourages their attendance and participation.
The evening event includes light refreshments, a return appearance from singer Candice Chavez, and a poetry reading by Roberta Collins, an 11th grade student and award-winning poet from the Agua Fria Union High School District, and a musical performance by 8919 Productions. The evening program’s guest speaker is Dr. Rashad Shabazz, who is an associate professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. The educator and critical thinker is also the author of Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago. The book is a geographic study how race and gender can be affected by the structure of the prison system.
These important guest speakers’ words and work parallel’s EMCC’s 2017 commencement theme, “Achieving Dreams. Transforming Lives. Celebrating Success,” which exemplifies the college’s continued dedication to creating an inspiration and supportive learning environment for its students. Each speaker engages both professionally and personally in endeavors that extol the importance of studying and disseminating critical information that relates to human struggles and social justice issues.
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