Celebrated each year on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. This year, Juneteenth was officially declared a state holiday in Washington, and there are multiple ways to celebrate in Spokane, from educational insight on the holiday to arts and crafts and a block party. All day Saturday, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is showing a compilation of videos from the Smithsonian about Juneteenth. As part of the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition’s weekend-long celebration, there’s a showing of Black Panther at Underhill Park on Friday at 8 pm. For those who want to engage in conversation and community, check out Juneteenth at Spark Central for crafts and a poetry workshop on Saturday from 12-7 pm. The Juneteenth Coalition’s community celebration also continues Saturday and Sunday with a block party, “Praise in the Park” and a Father’s Day brunch.
Local Juneteenth Events and Celebrations • June 18-20, times and locations vary • See details at inlander.com/events
— Lillian Piel