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Juneteenth Oregon, a community organization, seeks volunteers to help plan Portland’s 2016 Juneteenth celebration of freedom on Saturday, June 18.

Across the US, in cities both large and small, people of all races have, for 150 years, joined together to remember the end of slavery in America mostly through parades and festivals. During the past few years, a small but dedicated group of organizers have been working to raise the profile of Portland’s Juneteenth celebration to the levels of other similar cities like Oakland and Seattle.

Portland’s Juneteenth Planning Committee would like to include more people to make this event an even greater success. The committee meets monthly and then more frequently as the date for the event approaches.

For the past two years, Portland’s celebration has been unique. Juneteenth Oregon has brought to life historic figures, through the use of performance actors, who portray the likes of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln. A special pavilion is established where festival visitors can talk to these actors in character to hear their memorable words.

The Portland festival will again feature musical performers and host a Village marketplace. Community organizations, social services, others who provide information to the public are welcome to participate. Businesses and other groups are also invited to join as sponsors.
If you are interested in becoming a Planning Committee member, please contact Doris Rush at 503-764-8836, or email juneteenthoregon@gmail.com.

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