Your Soul Food for Friday June 18, 2021: Learning About and Supporting Our Collective Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“There are no strangers, there are only friends we haven’t met yet”…

This week: Juneteenth

This week is a good time to reflect on our country, its treatment of Black people, and to consider how our collective commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion can help unite our diverse society to explore and find solutions to end systemic racism

Congress Passes Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

It’s the first federal holiday approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983

Congress passes legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday – ABC News (go.com)

June 19 marks a pivotal event in our country’s history. While the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, many enslaved Africans lived in states where slavery continued or where they did not know that they were free. On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger informed more than 250,000 slaves in Texas that they were legally freed. The annual celebration of Juneteenth began a year later on June 19, 1866.

Also known as “Freedom Day,” “Emancipation Day” or “Jubilee,” Juneteenth is one of our country’s oldest celebrations of the abolition of slavery, but not every American is familiar with the observance. This year, we are hopeful that many more people in our UC San Diego community will take the opportunity to learn more about Juneteenth and explore the history and meaning of this annual event. Although Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, most states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation recognizing it as a holiday or observance. California recognizes the third Saturday of June in each year as Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance.

This is a good time to reflect on our country, its treatment of Black people, and to consider how our collective commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion can help unite our diverse society to explore and find solutions to end systemic racism.


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

 — Dr Martin Luther King Jr

The Danger of Silence with Clint Smith: (4 mins)

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

The danger of silence | Clint Smith – YouTube

Ted Talk: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race with Jay Smooth: (11 mins)

Jay Smooth is host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture

TEDxHampshireCollege – Jay Smooth – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race – YouTube

Stages of Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Leveraging the Promise and Possibility of Education:

Just as there are several conceptualizations for multicultural education there are several perceptions as to what constitutes multicultural curriculum transformation. Approaches for multicultural curriculum transformation range from slight curricular changes to a fully-revised social awareness and action conceptualizations. James Banks (1993), Peggy McIntosh (2000) and others have formulated continuums for curricular reform that help move transformation efforts from the former toward the latter. An informed and educated society is our way forward to equity and inclusion.

Multicultural Education – Stages of Multicultural Curriculum Transformation (edchange.org)

Treasure Them!

Sure, Lovers and Children are Great. But Friends are more than ever the Heart of Happiness, of Family and of Love Itself…

As an evolutionary anthropologist, I have wrestled with the question ‘What is love?’ for more than a decade.

At first glance, the answer is straightforward. After all, my many research subjects all have their own answers to share.

And herein lies the fundamental problem for someone who would like to find a nice straightforward answer: love is complicated.

Treasure your friends, the top of your love hierarchy | Aeon Essays

Thanks this week go to UC San Diego and their EDI focus, the North County Philanthropic Council with their commitment to DEI for our community, and all my friends in both low and high places!

Love All,

Neville

“Rules without Relationship lead to Rebellion.” –Andy Stanley

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