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NEWS BRIEFS

Portland Art Museum Hosts Upstanders Festival May 27

Event includes spoken word, workshops and poster making in support of social justice ...

Happy Memorial Day

The Skanner wishes readers a safe and happy Memorial Day ...

North Portland Library Announces June Computer Classes

Upcoming courses include Introduction to Spreadsheets, What is the Cloud? and Learn Programming with Games ...

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Portland Juneteenth

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in America. On Saturday, June 20, 2015, all Portlanders are invited to join a very special celebration of freedom.

Annually, millions of people across the U.S. join the African-American community to recognize "Juneteenth," a commemoration of the liberation of the last slaves on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Today in Texas, Juneteenth is a recognized state holiday.

In Portland, on June 20, the day will begin with a community parade down Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, starting at 11:00 am. From 12 Noon to 6:00 pm, a public festival will be held at Legacy Field on NE Vancouver Avenue at NE Russell Street. The event features musical performances by local artists, a marketplace, delicious foods, and a Kids Fun space with games, crafts and bounce-houses.

Portland is the first and only city in the U.S. to host an Historic Pavilion featuring actors portraying historical figures like Harriet Tubman, who in character tell their amazing life stories to adults and children.

This year, organizers are planning the largest program yet thanks to generous sponsors like Wells Fargo Bank, Legacy Health Systems, and The Skanner News Group and support from the City of Portland.

The Juneteenth planning group is seeking more volunteers, vendors and sponsors. Please contact us at juneteenthoregon@gmail.com or call 503-381-0056 to join this milestone celebration of freedom.

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