Register Now! Juneteenth: A Celebration Across the Nation

The Village Demands Presents 'Juneteenth: A Celebration Across the Nation'
Tuesday, 6/15, from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join us Tuesday, June 15, from Noon – 1:30 p.m., as we recognize Juneteenth: A Celebration Across the Nation!  The free webinar will feature spoken word poetry, the Women of the Black Panther Party mural by Ms. JilChristina Vest, and a keynote speech by Dr. Starla Lewis, Professor Emeritus, transformational speaker and a life coach. The key note address will dedicated highlight the historical and cultural significance of this event in American history and speak to the importance of Black studies. The event will be hosted by Ms. LaKisha Bradley, Interim Dean of Student Services at Monterey Penninsula College.

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Please consider making a donation and/or sponsoring this event.  Please contact to learn more information!

Featured Presenters:

Dr. Starla Lewis

Dr. Starla Lewis

Dr. Starla Lewis is a Global Educator of Self Love. She teaches people how to see themselves, love themselves and use love to address life issues. As a Professor Emeritus, transformational speaker and the founder of C.E.L.L. (Celebration of Everlasting Life & Love) consulting, she lectures and facilitates trainings on life mastery, diversity, racism, sexism, and women’s empowerment. Starla’s 40+ years of research and experience in African American Studies, Oral Communication and Women’s Studies have enhanced her ability to engage diverse communities and inspire people to transform their lives. She is the author and illustrator of Sunkisses, a multicultural/multilingual coloring book for children and adults, and the Co-Author of “I Am: My Own Self-Validation”. Starla Lewis is a seven-time recipient of the Mesa College Teacher of the Year Award, a 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, and was recognized by KPBS as a local hero. In 2019 the San Diego City Council proclaimed December 20th as “Professor Starla Lewis Day”. She has dedicated her life to teaching people love and life skills. Through her work she affirms that all people are: “Brilliant, Powerful, Limitless, Love!” 

Ms. Jilchristina Vest

Ms. Jilchristina Vet

Proud West Oakland homeowner since 2000, originally from Chicago and resident of The Bay since 1986, Jilchristina Vest holds BAs in Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and an MA in Multicultural Education from San Francisco State FSU and University of San Francisco.  Pre COVID Jil was touring the world on an amazing production team working with amazing artists. Now, she is home in Oakland focused on creating a one-of-a-kind mural honoring Oakland history and the legacy of The Black Panther Party and the women who ran it. Jil is a Justice Warrior, a Fierce Activist, and a Kindness Queen. #lookuptoblackwomen

Mr. Landon Smith, English Professor, Chabot College

Landon Smith (he/him) is a professor, a poet, a painter, half Mende and half Balanta & Fulani, that feeling of falling that wakes you up in a dream, the amethyst stone on your desk, Angela Davis’ afro, Fanon’s pocket notebook, the 7-10 bowling split, your favorite pillow.

The kind of poetry he does is very much an abrupt snapshot journey of history, reimagining, and revolutionary honesty. The piece he will present plays with time, history, and lineage.

Orey Johnson

Ms. Orey Johnson, English Professor, Chabot College

Orey Johnson is a professor, painter, and potter, and loves alliteration. She also loves decolonizing the higher education landscape by implementing inclusive pedagogy that unapologetically centers marginalized and underrepresented communities. She strives to make her teaching and curriculum practices the standard, rather than the anomaly.


The Village Demands would like to give a special thank you to our sponsors, Monterey Penninsula College and Chabot College.

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This webinar will be live-streamed via Zoom Webinar.  Access to the webinar is FREE. Please register to attend the webinar at the following link:

Please contact to inquire about sponsorships. Sponsorship is $750, and the following is included:

  • Organizational acknowledgment at the event
  • Opportunity for President/Spokesperson to have three (3) minutes on the event agenda for remarks
  • Prominent recognition on the outreach materials and event webpage