SATURDAY JUNE 19 – from 1pm
A FREE Community Celebration

from Jack London Revue

Produced and supported by PDX Jazz, Juneteenth Oregon
will feature live musical performances / messages
in this approximate running order :

Intro and Welcome
Governor Kate Brown
Saeeda Wright singing the Black National Anthem
Donna Jones and The Delegation
Libretto + DJ Ozroc
Mic Crenshaw + DJ Ozroc
Mel Brown message
TK artist interview
Cool Nutz & DJ Fatboy
Marlon L McClain message

Yawa Amenta aka Amenta Abioto
Miss Juneteenth Crowning of Aceia Spade
Kamari Rivers (poet)
Clinton Fearon
Sarah Clarke

Also features guests from the Miss Juneteenth program which provides education, tools, and resources to help youth build resilience, gain confidence and make positive life choices.

Original art above by Tristan Tk Irving

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Juneteenth Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connect and strengthen communities and share knowledge of the history of Juneteenth. This is a community-empowered festival. Learn more and donate at

Juneteenth, also known as “Independence Day” or “Freedom Day”, finally declared a federal Holiday by President Biden, commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending slavery on January 1, 1863, however, the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 to the people of Galveston, Texas:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaved are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

Juneteenth in Oregon :

The celebration of Juneteenth Oregon dates back to 1945 when the late and beloved community leader, Clara Peoples, introduced the tradition from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland. Upon moving to Portland in 1945, Clara Peoples was surprised to learn that the Juneteenth holiday was unknown in this part of the country.

Now in its 49th year, Clara Peoples helped to initiate Portland’s annual citywide Juneteenth celebration in 1972.