Last summer, Remka Nwana '23 was an IOP Summer of Service intern with the Global Situation Room, where she worked with editors and organizations to close representation gaps on Wikipedia, ensuring the stories of people of color were told. This week, Remka marked Juneteenth with Harvard’s Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through her poetry at an event with Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and the Carl M. Loeb Harvard University Professor, and Sherri Charleston, Harvard chief diversity and inclusion officer.
The talk was part of the "Juneteenth at Harvard: A celebration of Black freedom, food, and family traditions" event series that took place from June 14-18, 2021, organized by Harvard's Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery across the United States and is often celebrated in African American communities with storytelling, cooking special recipes, and reflection on history and fellowship.
This week, as we commemorate Juneteenth, you can listen to Remka’s original poem here.
Learn more about Juneteenth at Harvard and the Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging here.