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NEWS BRIEFS

Local Government, Employers Welcome Youth to SummerWorks

A record 1,150 youth will gain real-world work experience in jobs across Portland metro ...

Multnomah County Library Hosts ‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’

Library will hold a series of social justice workshops this summer ...

The Skanner Wins NNPA Award for Best Layout and Design

Our graphic designer Patricia Irvin wins for July 2016 issues ...

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Ask Ernie the Attorney

Ernest Warren's primary practice is personal injury, real property, corporate and criminal practice in Ore. and Wash. ...

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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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