CCA Celebrates and Supports Juneteenth

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Colleges across the country are increasingly observing Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Interest in the holiday, which is celebrated on June 19, has recently spiked in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.

The Community College of Aurora has provided both messaging and programming around Juneteenth and the importance of recognizing freedom. Students, faculty and staff have participated in local events that include Juneteenth Parade in Denver and have disseminated educational resources across the campus.

Marco Vasquez, Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion said this year, the college will once again be represented at the parade with transportation provided by two CCA passenger vans in hopes the college can make an even bigger impact and connection with the community. 


“At CCA, we believe in fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment that embraces the values of equity, justice, and respect for all,” added Vasquez. “As an institution committed to the growth and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, it is essential that we recognize and honor this important milestone in our collective journey towards freedom and equality in our nation. As we honor Juneteenth, we reaffirm to being the college where every student succeeds and every person matters, is valued, and belongs.”

CCA President, Dr. Mordecai Brownlee gave a personal account about why the holiday is special saying, “As a child raised in Texas, near Galveston, I was taught the history of Juneteenth and participated in its celebration every year. It brings my heart great joy to see the significance of the day now spread throughout the country. Juneteenth is not only a milestone in American history, but it serves as a beacon of hope, strength, resilience, and progress.”