47th Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 17


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Carolyn Classen
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).


  1. Dropped by this event — pretty hot selling food outside in 100 degree temperatures. Ordered Mama’s fish sandwich and delicious pond cake. Lots of folks at this celebration, but I missed film showing of “13th” about mass incarceration (again for 3rd time), from 1 to 3 p.m. Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. Don’t forget they are taking a break from 4 to 6 p.m. , ongoing to 9 p.m. tonight.

  2. Festival today at Dunbar Cultural Center, UPDATE: 11 to 4 p.m. with break – then resumes at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  3. Tempe Also:
    Tempe commemorates Juneteenth with two-day celebration
    Post Date:06/09/2017
    Contact: Tempe History Museum
    480 350-5100

    TEMPE, Ariz – Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in history when the last enslaved African Americans in the U.S. were freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, it took 2.5 years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans.

    Valley residents are encouraged to take part in a two-day Juneteenth celebration at the Tempe History Museum on June 16 and 17. Both events are being held inside the museum, are free to attend and open to the public. Attendees will learn more about this historical day while honoring African American heritage through discussions, performances, displays and informational booths.

    Juneteenth Video and Discussion

    Friday, June 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

    View a brief video and have a discussion about the events and conditions that led to Juneteenth
    Delve into Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and its relationship to Juneteenth
    Light refreshments will be provided
    Juneteenth Festival

    Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Family-friendly live music from local singers Tashay Knight and Jessie Washington; dance performances from Jasmine Taylor; and African drumming and storytelling by Keith Johnson.
    Displays and Information booths focusing on freedom, finance, family and education including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Maricopa Community Colleges
    Raffle prizes, giveaways and scavenger hunts
    Purchase Magnolia BBQ and Snow Cones on site
    Speakers include: Representative from Governor’s Office of Diversity, Dr. Fred Warren, Past President and Founding Member of the African American Advisory Committee and City of Tempe Councilmember Randy Keating
    The Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave. on the southwest corner of Rural Road and Southern Ave.

    The fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration is presented by Tempe History Museum’s African American Advisory Committee whose mission is to create a forum, to collect and preserve the African American history of Tempe and to promote those stories for the benefit of the community of Tempe, Arizona.

    Visit http://www.tempe.gov/museum or call 480-350-5100 for more information.

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