Students walking down SBVC campus center walk with vendors on either side.

On Sunday, June 18, San Bernardino Valley College and the Southern California Black Chamber partnered to hold the eagerly anticipated 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on campus, an event commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. As an institution committed to diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism, SBVC embraced the opportunity to educate, inspire, and uplift the community by honoring the historical significance of Juneteenth.


The event showcased a vibrant blend of cultural performances, delicious food, local vendors, and communal engagement, serving as a beacon of unity and empowerment in a celebratory atmosphere.

Interim President Dr. Linda Fontanilla expressed her enthusiasm for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration, highlighting its significance and impact on thecommunity. She stated, "The Juneteenth Celebration at San Bernardino Valley College serves as a powerful reminder of our shared history and the on going struggle for equality. By commemorating this important milestone in African American history, we honor the strength, resilience, and achievements of the community."

Though celebrated by many Black communities throughout the United States forover a century, Juneteenth only became a federal holiday in 2021.