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2020 Umoja moving online  

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Students who participated in the the 2019 Umoja graduation recognition ceremony.

The annual Umoja recognition ceremony will be moving online. Organizers are asking students what they want to see and hear from the ceremony.  

The ceremony, planned by the Umoja Community Forum, uplifts, amplifies, and honors blackness and community at Illinois State University. Students, alumni, faculty, and community members who support Umoja can offer ideas at umojacommunityforum@gmail.com.  

The theme for 2020 is “Say it Loud – We Black and We Proud,” a declarative racial affirmation given publicly to support students’ call-out and push-back against anti-black racism on historically white colleges and universities throughout the nation as well as the resurgence of anti-black racism throughout the world.  

Registration is available for student participation, the Sankofa Circle (alumni and graduates), the Harambee Circle of Culture (faculty, staff, and community representatives), and volunteers on the Umoja website.  

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