Juneteenth Picnic

Get Ready!

Kalamazoo College will celebrate Juneteenth this year on Wednesday, June 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the quad. Be sure to RSVP for the Juneteenth Celebration Picnic. This year we will have food from Gleaves Gifted Hands and music from Incredible DJ Chuck!

Start Celebrating Early

Event sponsored by BAFSA and supported by the President’s Office and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Black Joy Week – Mindful Meditation

Today’s Event…

Community Mindful Meditation

Black Joy Week Mindful Meditation for Black Mental Wellness

Slow down the week with some mindful meditation. All are welcome and encouraged to pause and access your inner joy even if just for a moment.

  • Location: The Quad – under the tree area in front of Hicks near the parking lot
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • All are welcome for guided and non-guided meditations, snacks, and handouts on meditation for black mental wellness.

Have you heard? 6 days until Black Joy Week!

Celebrate Black Joy Week

Yes, it’s really happening!

That’s right, BAFSA is back for the third annual Black Joy Week! This year, BAFSA, the Arcus Center, Counseling Center, Intercultural Center and the BSO have joined together to create a week full of fun!

Preview of Events

  • Tue, May 30 – Black Joy Week Kick-Off and 3 vs 3 Student, Staff, and Faculty Basketball Game (Basketball Sign-Ups)
  • Wed, May 31 – Community Mindful Meditation for Black Mental Wellness
  • Thu, June 1 – Capture your Joy 360 Photo Booth
  • Fri, June 2 – Pop-Up Dance on the Quad

Visit the Black Joy Week page for more details on times and locations of these events.

Participate in Black Joy Week!

Hello K Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Black Joy Week starts on Tuesday, May 31st and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Check out all of the ways you can participate as a student, faculty member, or staff member!

For more details and regular update, visit the Black Joy Week page.

Black Joy Week Schedule

The following events will take place from Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, EST.

All events listed below are free

Tue, May 31

Black Joy Week
Kick-Off Picnic

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Quad

Take a break and join us on the Quad for food, DJs, a photo booth, and games!

Wed, June 1

Black Student Organization
Wellness Wednesday

4-6 p.m. | Hicks Lower Atrium

Stop by for Wellness Wednesday with the BSO! Aside from food and music you can create a visual board highlighting black joy.

Thur, June 2

Faculty and Staff
Basketball Game

3-5 p.m. | Athletics Gym

Sign up to play or come watch!

Basketball Sign-Ups

Fri, June 3

Zoo Flicks
Double Showing

2 p.m. | Bissell Theatre
Respect (2021)

9 p.m. | Dewing 103
Hidden Figures (2016)

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Final Day of Black Joy Week – BSO Daily Trivia and BJW Schedule

Daily Trivia Question

a graphic with illustrated cookies and question marks along with the words "BSO Daily Trivia"

Which holiday is celebrated on the 19th of June also known as “Freedom Day?”

Comment your answer below!

Yesterday’s Trivia Answer: Gordon Parks

See our post tomorrow for the answer to today’s trivia question. The winners of each daily trivia will be contacted directly to arrange prize delivery.

Today’s Events

Juneteenth Block Party!

community celebrating through dance at a block party.
Register for the Block Party

Come Party!

End Black Joy Week and start your Juneteenth Celebration with a Block Party at K. The party will include food, music by DJ Chuck, as well as performances by O’Jamm.


Day: Friday, June 18th
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: K-College Lower Quad
Participant Restriction: Available to Kalamazoo College faculty, staff, students, and administration only.

Black Music, History, and Celebration