VAHA Invites You To Celebrate Black Music Month and Juneteenth With Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

June is celebrated nationally as Black Music Month to celebrate the contributions and influence of Black Americans in music. The annual observance started more than 40 years ago. In addition, Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

These two dates mark a historic time for reflecting on and celebrating the contributions, achievements, and impact of the Black community on music and culture.

The Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) invites you to celebrate Black Music Month and commemorate Juneteenth with the following upcoming events.


Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Online. Click here.

The mental health team goes head to head with the nurses on top music. Your vote decides who wins. Students can stay for the after-party for a chance to win a scholarship.

Embracing History: Juneteenth Celebration

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. 
Location: Downtown Campus, Communication and Media Building, Room 182 A/B
Advanced registration is required. RSVP by Friday, June 10, 2022.

This panel discussion and networking lunch will feature District 44, Former Senator and Founder of the Wells’Built Museum Geraldine Thompson,
District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill and Orlando Office Managing Shareholder, Gunster Law and General Counsel of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida Derek Bruce.

Music, Emotion and Wellbeing

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Online. Click here.

Join us as we welcome two therapists/counselors within our community, willing, waiting and ready to tackle great music and your questions. Bring your dancing shoes and your concerns, because these health professionals wear many hats. As always, don’t forget to join Student Development in the lounge afterward for our Juneteenth program, where two loungers will receive a scholarship.

Men and Women’s Health

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Online. Click here.

Join Stanton Reed, outgoing interim campus president, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses and Monica Reed, MD, MSc, former CEO of AdventHealth Celebration, for a night of music, fun and information. Stick around for the after-party, where two student partygoers will win a scholarship.

For questions, contact Danielle Strong-Robinson Smith, professor, English, at

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