Clark State to celebrate Juneteenth with several events

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Clark State College will host several activities in celebration of Juneteenth, which is considered the longest-running African American holiday that honors the end of slavery in the U.S.

“Juneteenth isn’t just Black history,” said Breion Hawkins, diversity coordinator. “It is also a part of American history, and the more we engage in conversations about Juneteenth, the better we can understand its impact on our history and learn to celebrate it as a federal holiday.”

The college will host guest speaker Camille Hall at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 9. She will speak about the Gammon House and how the community can get involved with the historic landmark.

Hall, a local minority community advocate, devotes her time supporting various service initiatives around the Miami Valley. Over the last three years, she has served as a member of the Gammon House Board of Directors with focus in community outreach and resource development initiatives.

This event is free and on Zoom. To register, visit

In collaboration with the Clark State library, the college will host a daily Juneteenth quiz contest from June 12 to 16. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members can participate to win a prize. To participate, visit the Clark State Facebook. The prizes have been donated by local Black-owned businesses, such as Champion City Cuts, Capture Queen Photography, Black Bombshell Beauty Boutique, Two Hands Kneaded, LLC, and Endless Embroidery, LLC.

A Bid Whist Tournament will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Gammon House, 620 Piqua Place, which is part of the annual Juneteenth FatherFest Celebration.

Bid Whist, a partnership trick-taking variant of the classic card game Whist, add adds a bidding element to the game not present in classic whist.

The tournament format is a single-elimination team contest, each game will be determined by the traditional 7 in/7 out scoring method with a maximum of five hands played to determine a winner. If the score is tied at the end of five hands, a one-hand tie breaker will determine the winner, first diamond deals. The preliminary round will be a ‘best 2 out of 3′ format, all subsequent rounds will be ‘one game/winner advances.’

Team registration is required at

With Juneteenth being declared a federal holiday in 2021, the college will be closed on Monday, June 19.

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