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Jun 16

U-M 2021 Juneteenth Symposium: Articulations of Blackness, Black Life, and Black History in University of Michigan Museum of Arts’s Collections with Ozi Uduma

Visit the U-M 2021 Juneteen Symposium website to tune in to this virtual event. Or watch on YouTube. No registration is required.

Join Ozi Uduma, assistant curator of global contemporary art at UMMA, for this special virtual tour on the occasion of U-M’s inaugural campus-wide Juneteenth Symposium. The Symposium will explore the theme of “Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing.” A partnership between U-M and the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, this Juneteenth observance aims to celebrate and recognize the liberation of all Black people from slavery, made official by the emancipation on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is celebrated throughout the nation and as a state holiday in Michigan. It is also officially observed in Ann Arbor.

Ozi Uduma is the assistant curator of global contemporary art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). Uduma is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Detroit and is of Nigerian descent. Uduma is the curator of the exhibition Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism (opening fall 2021) and the co-curator of We Write to You About Africa (opening fall 2021). Uduma’s art interest mostly focuses on modern and contemporary Black artists.

The 2021 U-M Juneteenth Symposium will run June 14-18. For more information, click here

The U-M Juneteenth Symposium is organized by Rackham’s Strategic Action Lead Team, the NAACP Ann Arbor Branch, Association of Black Social Work Students, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Center for Social Solutions, in collaboration with Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the CEW+ Women of Color Task Force.