Celebrating Juneteenth

Join us!

Kalamazoo College will celebrate Juneteenth this year on Wednesday, June 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the quad. Let’s have fun in commemorating Black history and honoring our freedom.

Sponsored by BAFSA and supported by the President’s Office.

Start Celebrating…

Professor Truss dancing with alum D'Angelo Bailey's son
2021 Black Joy Week dancing on the quad.

Celebrating Juneteenth 2024

RSVP to the Juneteenth Picnic!

Save your spot by Tuesday, June 18th by 3 p.m. through our Juneteenth RSVP Form


This year the Juneteenth Picnic will be catered by Kalamazoo’s We’ll have food from Gleaves Gifted Hands.

Gleaves Gifted Hands Menu:

  • Baked Chicken
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Candied Yams
  • Green Beans
  • Mini Cornbread Muffins
  • Pound Cake
  • Sweet Potato Pie

K Dining will also be serving:

  • Salad Lunch for vegetarian or vegan dietary requirements (please RSVP to reserve a salad lunch)
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • Red Lemonade
  • Cold Water
Professor Regina Stevens-Truss speaking to guests at the 2023 Juneteenth Celebration Picnic.

community celebrating through dance at a block party.

Juneteenth with Western Michigan University

In addition to the Kalamazoo College Juneteenth Picnic, join the Western Michigan University Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) for education and celebration!

Rootead Drum & Dance for Mental Wellness

Date: Monday, June 13th
Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Douglas Community Association

Celebration Through Education – Our History, Our Hope

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is hosting a drum and dance performance by Rootead for mental wellness.

Email RSO-BGSA@wmich.edu for questions.

BGSA Juneteenth Gala

Date: Saturday, June 18th
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: The Xperience, Kalamazoo City Centre

Free Food | Music | Dancing

The (BGSA) welcomes Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo community members committed to efforts towards Black Liberation and celebration of Black culture.

Validated parking info: email RSO-BGSA@wmich.edu

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