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Jun 18


Join the UMGC community for a moderated panel discussion about freedom as represented by the annual Juneteenth celebration, including the origins of Juneteenth, why it is celebrated, and the significance of it becoming a federal holiday.

The panel—all members of the UMGC community—will focus on how freedom is defined, each from their own unique lens as a historian, a political scientist/lawyer, and an artist.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the conversation with questions and their own cultural insights.

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Jun 18, 2024 12:00pm ET

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About the Panelists

Lilah Blackstone, JD, LLM, a UMGC adjunct faculty member, is the Deputy General Counsel for the District of Columbia's Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking. She has extensive experience in all aspects of state securities law and compliance and is an advocate for victims of financial fraud. She earned her JD from Howard University Law School and her LLM in security and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law School.

Damon W. Freeman, PhD, JD, is the Director and Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies at UMGC. He has taught at Indiana University, Rutgers University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Pennsylvania. He earned history and law degrees from Morgan State University, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland School of Law. His research is focused on the civil rights movement and African American intellectual history.

Treston Sanders, the Arts Program curator at UMGC, was studying nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, but an interest in art led him to volunteer at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. By his senior year he switched his major, earning a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts design. After graduation, he worked as an assistant art teacher and gallery coordinator before moving to the Washington, D.C., area.

Sharon Jackson Wilder, JD, joined UMGC in February as vice president and chief diversity and equity officer. Before joining UMGC, she served as the inaugural chief equity and inclusion officer at Montgomery College. Wilder holds a BA in political science and African American studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center,

as well as Certified Public Manager credentials from George Washington University and the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program at the University of Baltimore.