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CMU’s Juneteenth Freedom Day Keynote and Celebrations

CMU Community Events

Keynote Speaker Jamelle Bouie

June 17, 2022, from 12 - 1:15 p.m. streamed in Rangos via Zoom

bouie.jpegJamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News, covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race.

Jamelle’s political instincts provide audiences with unique insight on the past, present, and future of our national politics, policy, and the state of race relations. As he did while writing for Slate and the Daily Beast, Jamelle shares eye-opening perspectives on issues concerning the issues at play in America today.

Join us for this keynote event and conversation moderated by Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant.

Watch the event recording

Anti-Racism in Action Workshop on June 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in TEP2611

Join Dr. Wanda-Heading Grant and Mark D’Angelo from the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for this engaging and interactive workshop exploring what it means to be anti-racist. Learn concepts, skills, and strategies to help translate your anti-racist beliefs and sentiments into action-oriented anti-racist allyship within the field of higher education and here at Carnegie Mellon University. Registration is limited and open to all CMU community members.


Poetry Unplugged: Juneteenth Celebration at the August Wilson Center on June 15 at 8 p.m.

In honor of Juneteenth, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join them at Poetry Unplugged, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center's Juneteenth Celebration! Students can request tickets sponsored by the Center using the link below. Tickets will be confirmed on Monday, June 13. If you are a faculty or staff member and are interested in a ticket, you may email and we will email you if there are available tickets. Tickets are limited to two per person.


Fork in the Road: From Inspiration to Action on June 16 at 3 p.m. at The Frick

Join us at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh to enjoy an evening of conversation, exploration, and inspiration with DEIB leaders. Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant and Provost Jim Garrett will participate in this discussion about the need and desire for change in Pittsburgh.


First Annual Juneteenth Welcome Reception with Sankofa on June 16 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Newell-Simon Atrium

Sankofa is a concept firmly rooted in the teachings of the Akans people of what is now present-day Ghana. Symbolized by a bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backward, its literal meaning is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer is excited to partner with CMU’s Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, named Sankofa, to kick off this time of remembrance and celebration to reinvigorate the power of our communal voice for freedom that is informed by the lessons of our past. 


Jubilee on the Cut on June 17 at 4 p.m.

Following in the traditions of Juneteenth Freedom celebrations, the CMU Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) will host its third annual Juneteenth Jubilee. This celebration is open to all and features music, outdoor field games, food, giveaways and educational materials. This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association, and the University of Pittsburgh Black Law Student Association. Juneteenth t-shirts will be distributed to the first 100 guests!


The Addendum Quarterly Reflections: The Commercialization of Juneteenth on June 23 from 12 - 1 p.m.

TheCenter for Student Diversity and Inclusion announces a new series of quarterly reflections, The Addendum, where they will offer space to debrief hot topic issues on campus highlighting perspectives from the broader local, national, and international communities. The Center invites you to join them on Thursday, June 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for tjeor first discussion on the commercialization of Juneteenth led by Assistant Professor of History Ezelle Sanford. Lunch will be served.