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Juneteenth online events begin Saturday; live, virtual events set for June 19

A performer takes the stage during a past Juneteenth celebration on the Bricks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This year’s OSF event will be virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Image courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Juneteenth Celebration

OSF will hold its annual Juneteenth celebration virtually this year because of pandemic restrictions. The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 12, with a series of videos on TikTok and Instagram running through Saturday, June 19. The videos, curated by William Thomas Hodgson, are artistic expressions of Black joy and Black truth — spoken word, dance, song, and more — from artists including Cyndii Johnson, TaiReikca L.A., Rodney Gardiner, Nubia Monks, Taylor Fagins, Lauren Modica, Niani Feelings and Christian Bufford. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, OSF will offer a livestream of performances and presentations on its Facebook and YouTube pages. Look for performances by Tatiana Wechsler, Cedric Lamar, Daniella Cobb and Patience Sings. Actors E. Faye Butler and Felton Offard will perform a song from “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” which begins at OSF on July 1 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre outdoors (See theater listings, Page 12). Presentations will be given by Tyrone Wilson, Christiana Clark, Jaz Hall, Nataki Garrett, Kevin Kenerly, Kamilah Long, and Hodgson. The event will raise funds for SOBLACC and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. For more information or to participate, see osfashland.org, or find Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or TikTok.

Medford Juneteenth Celebration

Support Black business and celebrate community and freedom during this family-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Pear Blossom Park, 312 E. Fourth St., Medford. Look for food trucks, vendors, and info booths from across the Valley. There also will be games and activities for all ages. Live music will be performed by the Bishop Mayfield Band, and DJ Blahq Sage will spin jams. Also look for a special West African drum performance. This year’s Juneteenth celebration will be focused on promoting and supporting local Black-owned businesses. For further information, see baseoregon.org.

Oregon Juneteenth Celebration

This free statewide community event produced by PDX Jazz, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, online. The event will feature live musical performances by Sarah Clarke, Parisalexa, Cool Nutz & DJ Fatboy, Amenta Abioto, Libretto, Donna Jones & The Delegation, DJ O.G. ONE, and Tamia Mitchell, who will sing the Black National Anthem. There also will be special appearances by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Mel Brown, Norman Sylvester, Marlon “The Magician” McClain, Ron Artis II, Clinton Fearon, Kamari Rivers and Mic Crenshaw. The event also will feature guests from the Miss Juneteenth program. Miss Juneteenth Oregon provides education, tools and resources to help youth build resilience, gain confidence and make positive life choices. To join in the celebration livestream, see juneteenthor.com or pdxjazz.com, or see JuneteenthOregon15 on Facebook.