For the Culture: Portland Celebrates Juneteenth

By: Malika Bennett, The Portland Medium

Needing a dose of culture this weekend? The Greater Portland area is gearing up for a fun filled week of Juneteenth and community celebrations. For those unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a special holiday in the African American community that represents a celebration of freedom, family and community.

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the ending of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and the freeing of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Its unique name is a blend of “June” and “nineteenth,” which is the official date of the annual celebration.

We have curated a short list of Juneteenth celebrations and local community events taking place during the Juneteenth weekend in Greater Portland area. All events listed below are free and open to the public.

Juneteenth Celebration
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
2:00pm – 10:00pm
Bike Ride, Marketplace, Kickball Tournament, BBQ Competition
Location: Vance Park, 1300 SE 182nd Ave, Portland, OR
Event Organizer: Beyond Black

Good In the Hood
Date: June 21 – June 23, 2019
Friday, June 21 6:00pm – 10:00pm             
Saturday, June 22 11:00am – 10:00pm             
Sunday, June 23 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Community Festival and Parade
Location: King School Park, NE 6th Ave & NE Humboldt St, Portland, OR
Event Organizer: Good In The Hood

NAACP Juneteenth Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00am – 6:00pm
Diversity Job Fair, LIVE Panel (featuring Vancouver Mayor, City and County Law Enforcement, and Clark County Education Leaders), YWCA Val Joshua Awards, Children’s Corner Including a 20 ft. Double Lane Slide, Food Vendors, T-Shirt Contest for High Schoolers, Pop-up Art Gallery with Raffle Drawing, Writer’s Forum, LIVE Entertainment
Location: Clark College Hanna Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA
Event Organizer: NAACP Vancouver Branch

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