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Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Hosts Annual Juneteenth Awards Reception
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 6, 2017

(L-R) Dr. Willie Hagan (honoree); Dr. Horace Mitchell (honoree); Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena); Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles); Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside); Chancellor Timothy White; Dr. Soraya Coley (honoree); Assemblymeber Shirley Weber (D-San Diego); Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblymember Reginald Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) Photo Credit: KJ2 Productions

California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas celebrated the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth with an awards reception at the California Railroad Museum. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slave throughout then Confederate South. This year’s theme was “Beyond Resistance: Empowerment Through Education and Civic Engagement” and honored four distinguished academic leaders Dr. Horace Mitchell, president of CSU, Bakersfield; Dr. Soraya Coley, president of CSU, Pomona; Dr. William Hagan, president of CSU, Dominguez Hills and Dr. Gary May, incoming chancellor of UC, Davis; who have each made strides in their respective roles to educate and empower the next generation.

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