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Scottsdale hosts Juneteenth celebration: A culture of resiliency this month

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Scottsdale Juneteenth celebration at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
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Embrace the spirit of freedom, unity, and resilience at Scottsdale’s Community Juneteenth Celebration.

The event is presented by the Mayo Clinic from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is free.

Officials at City Hall report highlights of the event will include:

  • Indoor and outdoor activities: Enjoy a variety of fun and interactive experiences for all ages.
  • Delicious food: Savor an array of culinary delights that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Juneteenth.
  • Uplifting music: Groove to live performances that celebrate the essence of freedom and resilience.
  • Family-friendly entertainment: Participate in games, crafts, and activities suitable for the entire family.
  • Educational speakers: Gain insights from speakers who will share the historical significance and ongoing impact of Juneteenth.
  • Wellness resources: Access health and wellness resources provided by community organizations.

“We are proud to bring the community together to celebrate Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in our nation’s history,” said Scottsdale Diversity Director Jackie Johnson in a prepared statement. “This year’s theme, ‘A Culture of Resiliency,’ reflects the strength and enduring spirit of our community. We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of freedom, unity and equality.”

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