Freedom and justice for all

Public Safety re-imagined panel discussion set for June 18


Hana Abu Hamdan, Staff Writer

The struggle for equality has been long fought to create a better world. Join Schoolcraft College with the Juneteenth Freedom Day event June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which recognizes freedom, justice and a journey to fight for equality.

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated June 19 that recognizes the end of slavery in the United States of America. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation Act occurring Jan. 1, 1863, most Confederate states continued to enslave African-American until the Civil War had concluded and slaves were emancipated on the day now known throughout the country as Juneteenth.

Phi Theta Kappa Division III International Vice President and student leader at Schoolcraft Catreese Qualls is a featured panelist at this event had this to say regarding the webinar:

“As a Student Leader here on campus, member and mentor for Black Student Union, I believe it is imperative that our collective communities, especially higher learning institutions, must begin to deepen our understanding of the issues of race, cultural indifference, micro aggressions and rebuilding communities that promote working relationships between civilians and those sworn to serve and protect.”

Joining Qualls will include moderator Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of New Haven, DeSean Knight, Schoolcraft College Black Student Union President, Mark Engstrom, Schoolcraft College Chief of Police.

Qualls ended her explanation of the importance of Juneteenth and the Freedom Day event with a quote from Martin Luther King: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

The discussion at this virtual meeting will go deep into the collective understanding of African-American history, previous injustices and struggles, as well as present problems seen throughout the nation and worldwide. Don’t miss out on celebrating this historic day and learning what can be done to truly make the United States a place where there is freedom and justice for all.

To register for this event, sign up at