KBAC presents third annual Juneteenth celebration on June 21

For the Reporter

The Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) presents the third annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 21, at the Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th St, Kent.

The community-wide event features programs, information, vendors, food, entertainment and speakers while commemorating African-American freedom and emphasizing education and achievement.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This year marks 151 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread throughout the country, including Kent.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 41 states. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance. Other states, including Utah, South Dakota and Montana, have recognized Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions and gubernatorial proclamations. In Kent, Juneteenth is recognized by mayoral proclamation.

KBAC, a small organization that meets regularly and holds special events, is looking to grow in size and stature.

To learn more about the organization, call 253-852-0614 or visit

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