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IU experts available to comment on significance of Juneteenth holiday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Last year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth – an annual celebration on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery – a federal holiday. IU experts are available to comment on the origins and significance of the holiday as America continues to confront racism. 

For more information, contact Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Dé Bryant
IU South Bend

Dé Bryant

Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

De Bryant founded the participatory action research Social Action Project and expanded it into neighborhoods in Michiana, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. She teaches classes on social justice, human behavior and social institutions at the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and is a member of the center’s Advisory Board to extend its influence in the community and as a force for social justice.

Expertise

Social justice, conscience-raising, community mobilization, program development, participatory action research, teaching, interfaith dialogues.

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
IU Bloomington

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is professor and chair of African American and African Diaspora studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is past president of the World Communication Association, co-editor of “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Discourse,” author of “Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective,” and co-author of “Intercultural Communication: A Text with Readings” and “Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes.”

Expertise

Interracial/intercultural communication, empathy and conflict, African American rhetoric, pedagogy of empathy, multicultural communication and civic engagement.

Veronica Derricks
IUPUI

Veronica Derricks

School of Science

Expertise

Applied social and organizational psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health communication, identity threat, disparity, persuasion, stigma.
Leslie Etienne
IUPUI

Leslie Etienne

School of Liberal Arts/Africana Studies Program

Leslie Etienne is the founding executive director of the Center for Africana Studies and Culture through the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He is a clinical associate professor of Africana studies and director of the Africana Studies Program at IUPUI.

Expertise

Black social movements, Black culture.
Gloria Howell
IU Bloomington

Gloria Howell

Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs

Gloria Howell is the director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also faculty coordinator for a first-year experience and introductory research course for freshman Hudson and Holland Scholars. Her research focuses on Black students broadly, specifically identity development and affirmation, culturally relevant pedagogy and curricular practices, and the effects of student activism on institutional change.

Expertise

Black students on campus, identity development and experiences, culturally relevant curriculum, Black student activism; Black performing arts.
Lasana Kazembe
IUPUI

Lasana Kazembe

School of Education/Department of Urban Teacher Education

Lasana D. Kazembe is an assistant professor in the IUPUI School of Education’s Department of Urban Teacher Education and in the Africana Studies Program. He is a published poet, spoken-word artist, educational consultant, and scholar of urban teacher education, global Black arts movements, and the Black radical tradition in education.

Expertise

Urban education, arts-based pedagogy, curriculum studies, race, culturally responsive teaching, global Black arts movements, arts and humanities.
Jakobi Williams
IU Bloomington

Jakobi Williams

Department of African American and African Diaspora/Department of History

Jakobi Williams is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of African American and African Diaspora studies at IU Bloomington. He has held positions at the University of Kentucky, UCLA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are centered on questions of resistance and social justice.

Expertise

African American history, 20th-century United States history, Black Panther Party, Black Power/civil rights movement, race, racial coalition politics, Chicago history and politics, social justice.
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