2018 Juneteenth Celebration in Tucson
“The 153rd anniversary of our country’s Juneteenth celebration happens in 2018. Celebrations in Tucson and around the USA aim to increase knowledge and appreciation of the roles, achievements and contributions of African Americans to our society and pay tribute to this important milestone in our nation’s history — the annual commemoration of the end of slavery, when our nation finally and truly became “the land of the free” (on June 19, 1865). Enjoy historical presentations and exhibits, music and dance, arts, crafts and food vendors, at Dunbar Cultural Center. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.”
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 16, at Dunbar Cultural Center, 225 W. 2nd St. Tucson
48th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival
Informational tables, historical presentations, mental health film, retail vendors, food vendors, kids zone and a variety of entertainment. Please come out and enjoy the festivities. This is a free indoor family friendly event.
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Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014.
Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter.
She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).