Alverno’s Black Student Association Co-President Afton Okwu’s Message on this Juneteenth Holiday

“A message from Alverno’s Black Student Association Co-President Afton Okwu on this Juneteenth Holiday, “Maybe this is just me, or maybe it is a communal gap in our nation’s knowledge of history, but up until this year I had no idea Juneteenth existed. It never came up in one of my history classes, nor in the news articles of the past years. Not even my parents, most notably my black father, knew the holiday existed. On the contrary, they both thought is was a sad day in history in memory of some tragic event. It is however, the exact opposite. Juneteenth is a day of celebration, a day to recognize our past and hope for our future. Today, I encourage you all to learn more about Juneteenth and why it is so important. This year will go down in American and Black History as one of mass change, but I hope this holiday will be remembered and recognized for the years to come.”

Alverno is committed to the hope of Afton and so many others, to remember and recognize this Holiday in our classrooms and within our community.”

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About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit

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