Juneteenth Celebration

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    When:
    June 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    2018-06-16T16:00:00-07:00
    2018-06-16T21:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    Eastlake Park Community Center, Phoenix
    1549 E Jefferson St
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    USA

    “Join us as we celebrate Community, Culture and Freedom.
    Admission is FREE! Everyone is welcome!

    Bring your entire family for a fun and educational day! The JUNETEENTH festival is free and open to the entire community. The event will feature a vendor marketplace, food court, a cultural stage, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, youth town hall, free health screenings, historical exhibits, live music and much more.

    For additional infomation including sponsorship opportunities, please visitwww.phxjuneteenth.com or call 623-282-1555.

    Community | Culture | Freedom
    Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It specifically celebrates the state of Texas announcing the abolishment of slavery in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But Juneteenth offers a time to come together and celebrate the rich cultural history of African Americans.

    Eastlake Park, now Eastlake Park Community Center, opened in 1914 and provided a gathering spot for local African American residents when Phoenix was segregated. Eastlake Park has been the focal point of African American history in Phoenix for much of its existence. Until it outgrew the space, the park was the home of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. The park has been home to many civil rights rallies, visits from civil right leaders and the starting point of all civil rights marches to the Capital. It is home to the Annual Juneteenth Celebration and the Phoenix Arts Commission Civil Rights Memorial.

    In the past, JUNETEENTH has drawn crowds of over 4,500 attendees.

    We hope you’re able to join us for this annual celebration. ”

    Hosted by Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration

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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).

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