Commemorating Juneteenth

We commemorate the liberation of Black people who were enslaved in America for centuries and honor their courageous fight for freedom. We remember the victims of this gross human rights atrocity—millions of African and Black American men, women, and children whose lives were lost or irreparably harmed, and the countless families who were forcibly separated and had their loved ones stolen away.

Slavery also diminished rich cultural traditions, beautiful languages, and names passed down through families—lost pieces of humanity and American history. We honor the descendants of the Black men and women who endured this horrific human rights abuse who carry their ancestors pain with them.

We reject the remnants of this brutal system of white supremacy and dehumanization of Black people that persist today. DRO stands in solidarity with our family, friends, clients, and colleagues of color as we work to end institutional racism in all its forms and undo slavery’s legacy that perpetuates brutality and lethal violence against Black Americans.

We salute the efforts of 93-year old Opal Lee, who has long advocated to have Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday, and are proud to join her and millions of others in celebrating the emancipation of an entire race of people in America and freedom for all.

A photo of Opal Lee smiling at the camera wearing glasses and a brightly colored shirt with graphics.

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Video: What Is Juneteenth

Oregon Juneteenth events

  • We Count Oregon is hosting a #BlackLikeMe Census celebration. The online event will feature a number of speakers, including Alicia Garza, Black Futures Lab, Oregon Rep. Akasha Lawrence, and #WeCountOregon’s Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett. You can register for the event here.

  • Juneteenth Oregon 2020 Celebration livestream: Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is set to speak, which will run from 1 – 5 p.m.

  • Black Futures Rally: Organized by Snack Bloc PDX. Protest from Salmon Street Springs at 2:10 that will march to Terry Schrunk Plaza at 2:30.

  • Black Liberation Ride: a community bike ride for Black + Brown Portlanders, a celebration of the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved Africans American. The ride will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Irving Park. Click here for more event information.
  • The Talented X is organizing a Juneteenth celebration and march: The event begins at 5:30 at St. Johns Plaza. There will also be a Jamboree at 6:30 p.m. at McCoy Park. Information can be found at TheTalentedX.org
  • There will be a Juneteenth celebration march for community members at Millennium Plaza Park. The event will take place from 3-6 p.m. You can find more event information on Facebook.
  • Black Lives Matter to Beaverton: a Juneteenth rally for justice. This event will take begin at Beaverton City Library and will last from 4-6 p.m.
  • Learn more about Juneteenth in Oregon: https://www.juneteenthor.com/about-us/

 

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