Tag Archives: Juneteenth

Jourdan Imani Keith Releases Podcast Series Exploring the Link Between Orcas and Women

by Chamidae Ford


Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith, in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center and her cohort, Women and Whales First, Poetry in a Climate of Change, is releasing a limited podcast series by the same name. The series will feature seven episodes which will be released every Saturday, beginning on Juneteenth. 

The goal is to “bring awareness to the intersection of Orca Awareness Month and ancestral legacy,” Keith said.

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The Morning Update Show — 6/16/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Wednesday, June 16

Welcome Back, Trae Holiday! | LIVE — Andrew “Ace” Houston | LIVE — Shaina Shepard | County Gun Violence Prevention Investments | King County Hits 70% Vaccinated | Juneteenth Preview

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Ann Okwuwolu’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Event Offers History, Resources, More in Othello Park

by Chamidae Ford


It Takes A Village — AMSA Edition, a local nonprofit, will host its fifth annual in-person Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19, at Othello Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ann Okwuwolu, the creator of the festival, is a former medical technician who was inspired to start the celebration in 2016 when she recognized the lack of Black representation in New Holly Community events. 

“Everything was geared towards other people. And so we didn’t have any visibility,” Okwuwolu said. 

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The Morning Update Show — 6/14/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Monday, June 14

LIVE — Erik Kalligraphy | LIVE — Omi Salisbury | Gun Violence Continues Across the City | Juneteenth Week Preview

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Juneteenth 2021 in Seattle: A Guide to Local Events

by Emerald Staff


Emerald staff rounded up local Juneteenth events so you and yours can easily find ways to participate both in person and virtually in celebrations, storytimes, cooking classes, and so much more!

Check back to this post as we continue to add more events that we hear about!

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The Summer Fund That Raised $1.7 Million for Black Portlanders

by Elizabeth Turnbull 


At the age of 20, Cameron Whitten ran for Mayor of Portland. In 2012, they went on an almost two-month-long hunger strike to protest homelessness in the city. This summer, they started a fundraiser which has raised close to $2 million for members of Portland’s Black community in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. 

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King County Council Passes $86 Million in Emergency Funding, Looks to Future Legislation To Make Juneteenth a Holiday For County Employees

by Carolyn Bick


Following a unanimous vote at a meeting on June 23, King County Council has approved a third round of emergency funding to the tune of $86 million. Council Chair Claudia Balducci also said that legislation to make Juneteenth a holiday for King County employees will be introduced at a future meeting.

The emergency funding money, which will come from the county’s general fund, will provide support for several programs throughout the county meant to combat both the novel coronavirus and racism, which the council formally recognized as a public health crisis on June 18.

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Photo Essay: Juneteenth Celebration Honors Fight for Liberation

by Carolyn Bick, Susan Fried, Marcus Harrison Green


An estimated 8,000 demonstrators turned out for Friday’s Juneteenth Freedom March hosted by King County Equity Now. The march commenced from 23rd and Union in the Central District, near the Beauty salon of DeCharlene Williams, the Seattle businesswoman credited with organizing the first official Juneteenth Celebrations in Seattle. Demonstrators filled the streets — carrying signs declaring Black Lives Matter, and demanding an end to racism and police brutality. The march finished at Jimi Hendrix Park, adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, where demonstrators were treated to music, speeches, vendors, and a salute to Black graduates. Continue reading Photo Essay: Juneteenth Celebration Honors Fight for Liberation

Juneteenth: Joy is Not the Vinyl. It’s the Record Player

Seattleites reflect on freedom, resistance and joy to honor the day liberation from slavery finally arrived, over two years after Emancipation.

by Anastacia-Reneé


Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.

— Audre Lorde

My Joy is too Big to be a Hashtag

— Anonymous

It’s no wonder in horrific and hopeful awake-o-lyptic times such as these that very often I hear the layered voices of brilliant people I love saying that small and large things “give them life,” that small and large things are being magnified and multiplied as examples of “Black joy.” Continue reading Juneteenth: Joy is Not the Vinyl. It’s the Record Player

Juneteenth: The Legacy Work of Resistance and Liberation

Seattleites reflect on freedom, resistance and joy to honor the day liberation from slavery finally arrived, over two years after Emancipation.

by Inye Wokoma


In many ways the celebration of Juneteenth is a marker, a symbolic placeholder that allows Black America to focus on what has been a constant in our existence prior to and after June 19, 1865 — the ongoing struggle for our liberation. It is a moment to hold up an aspect of our reality that is distinct from all other American citizens, except perhaps our First Nations kin. Our lives are almost entirely defined by the perpetual fight against white supremacist systems and a psychic and cultural environment saturated with what the writer and therapist Resmaa Menakem calls “white body supremacy.” Juneteenth is an opportunity to celebrate our continued resilience and resistance to ongoing attacks on our humanity. Continue reading Juneteenth: The Legacy Work of Resistance and Liberation