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Symposium Recap: Celebrating Juneteenth – SJSU


Revealed: July 26, 2022 by
Eori Tokunaga

The San José State College iSchool introduced a free
on-line symposium on June 20, 2022, in honor and celebration of
Juneteenth Day. The viewers was welcomed by iSchool Director
Anthony Chow, who launched visitor speaker {and professional}
storyteller, Binnie Tate Wilkin.

“EDI is absolutely everybody’s duty. Attending to know our
various cultures [and] lived experiences is a core a part of what
it means to be an American.”  – Dr. Anthony Chow

Binnie Tate Wilkin opened up the symposium with a historic
overview of Juneteenth Day and an evidence of why we have fun
this vacation. As Wilkin defined, “We have fun the date that
African captives in Texas realized concerning the Emancipation
Proclamation issued two years earlier, after the Civil Battle when
troops have been despatched to Galveston, Texas, declaring that every one these
enslaved have to be launched.” All through the symposium, Wilkin
intentionally used the phrases “captives” or “enslaved folks” in
place of “slaves.” Wilkin said that the time period “captives” takes
on a distinct tenor, and is a part of her deliberate efforts to
change the best way that we traditionally take a look at enslaved African

“It is a time to contemplate the sophisticated system of bondage
instituted in our nation, and to have fun the lives and
contributions and the woes suffered by African People.” –
Binnie Tate Wilkin

Her storytelling occasion opened up
with a retelling of The Individuals May Fly, a folktale
about enslaved African People recorded by Virginia Hamilton.
The story facilities round a person named Toby who knew concerning the
magic of flying and taught his fellow group members the best way to
fly. In response to Wilkin, the phrase “flying” was utilized in many
tales and songs as an escape sign, informing captives that it
was time for them to run away.

Wilkin additionally shared some tales she wrote herself, just like the
Legend of the Black-Eyed Peas and a poem titled Yard
Broom Mama
. Halfway by the occasion, Wilkin requested the
viewers to place into the chat the identify of somebody from African
American heritage who has had an affect on their life (e.g.
private, historic, and/or skilled), an train that she
calls “Heritage Handshake.” This train served as a segway for
Wilkin to focus on how violence continues to affect African
American households in the present day, specifically Ruett, Rhonda, and Alec
Foster. Please be at liberty to listen to extra about their story.

Afterwards, Wilkin wrapped up with two extra tales: Brer Rabbit
and Brer Partridge, a folktale descended from the Gullah Geechee folks,
and Tezin, a Haitian folktale. Wilkin concluded her storytelling
occasion with a brief music known as Stomp Down Freedom, in
reference to earlier African American older ladies who would
encourage kids to face up and shout as they planted the
seeds of freedom into the bottom to be sure that they keep.

“We’re going to plant the seeds of freedom wherever we’re and
bear in mind the scourge of slavery.” – Binnie Tate Wilkin

The storytelling occasion was adopted by a Q&A session with Dr.
Anthony Bernier, Binnie Tate Wilkin, and Dr. Anthony Chow, as
effectively as concluding remarks.

“Libraries might be form of the arbiter of offering completely different
contexts and perceptions from a world view…that in any other case they
[people] don’t have…Juneteenth Day reminds us of a momentous
step ahead in direction of freedom, however we have now a lot work to do.” –
Dr. Anthony Chow




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