Juneteenth events honor the progress of African Americans in the U.S. since the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 while continuing to recognize the ongoing efforts to overcome systemic injustices and inequities Black communities face. 

We hope to enrich the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities by underscoring the importance of Juneteenth, ensuring all students, staff, faculty, and residents feel a deep sense of belonging. We hope you can join us for our celebration while we advance our educational mission as a university and seek to empower the community in a longstanding annual tradition to promote Black liberation and excellence.

Committee Members

LaTonya Berryhill, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and Women of Color Task Force

Ethriam Brammer, Rackham Graduate School

Ellen Copeland-Brown, Michigan Medicine and Vice President of the Women of Color Task Force

Rachel Dawson (Chair), Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

Edmund Graham, National Center for Institutional Diversity

Brendan Kirwin, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives

Arika Lycan, U-M Precision Health

Charles Ransom, U-M Library

John Rodriguez , Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Doreen Tinajero, LSA Center for Social Solutions, President of Women of Color Task Force

Ashli Wilson, Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion