Evergreen’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration brought 400 students, staff, faculty, and guests together on June 7, 2019. Those in attendance enjoyed music, food, and dance together, discussed issues such as the criminal justice system, and came together as a community to celebrate and reflect.
Led by Evergreen’s Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success Dr. Chassity Holliman-Douglas, the event commemorated the first Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated by African Americans in 1865 to mark the abolition of slavery and the end of the civil war. The Evergreen event honored African American elders within the Evergreen community with the theme of liberation.
“Members of our campus community had expressed interest in a large-scale opportunity to uplift and celebrate black culture at Evergreen. What better way to do this than to honor our black trailblazers?” said Holliman-Douglas.
The result was a celebration with positive, communal energy and pure jubilance, recognizing the triumphs of black ancestors while providing an educational moment for the entire campus community.
One of the highlights of the event came when Carol Rashawnna Williams delivered an emotional speech about her time at Evergreen and the creation of the Tambourine sculpture.