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Juneteenth Celebration puts spotlight on Black students in our region

Juneteenth-CollageThank you to everyone who attended the Juneteenth Luncheon on June 17! More than 100 people participated in the event, which honored the legacy of Juneteenth and examined the current state of education of Black (i.e. children of African descent) students in the region and its implications for their educational results. The luncheon also set the stage for the release of a comprehensive report and series of community dialogs about African American education results in the fall.

Juneteenth commemorates African American emancipation in the U.S. and emphasizes a focus on education and achievement. Many organizations came together to plan and support this event. Thank you to everyone who pitched in.

Highlights from the luncheon include children reading “The Stolen Ones,” written by Marcia Tate Arunga, and a keynote address from Anita Koyier Mwamba. The event capped with attendees responding to a call to action by submitting cards detailing their commitments to increase education outcomes for Black children in the region by supporting the Let’s Read! summer reading campaign, DiscoverU in October and the African American education results dialogues in the fall.

Pictures from the luncheon can be viewed on the Road Map Project’s Facebook page.