When: Thursday June 17 and Friday June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Or: University Circle, 1900 University Ave., East Palo Alto
Live in Peace, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit focused on empowering youth and young adults, is hosting two nights of Juneteenth celebrations. On Thursday evening, the group will celebrate education and youth and feature artists and performances. A one-year scholarship of $ 5,000 will be awarded to the winner of an essay competition.
On Friday evening, the nonprofit will showcase small businesses and feature a network mixer and vendors.
BBQ, shows and petting zoo
When: Saturday June 19, 1 p.m.
Or: Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham Street, East Palo Alto
Tha Hood Squad, an activist collective that focuses on ‘police policing’ and providing community programming, is hosting a Juneteenth event on Saturday, featuring spoken word and live performances, a DJ, African dancers, vendors and a petting zoo. People are encouraged to bring their own grills and barbecued meats to the park and encouraged to maintain social distancing. Free masks will be available. The event also celebrates the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, according to an event flyer. Learn more on Instagram @ThaHoodSquad.
Recognize a black hero of WWII
When: Saturday June 19 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Or: Karl E. Clark Park, 313 Market Square, Menlo Park
The town of Menlo Park is set to celebrate Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, with a ceremony in Belle Haven to recognize Karl E. Clark, an African-American hero of WWII world who was a longtime community activist and mentor. .
The ceremony will include the unveiling of a storyboard in honor of Clark, for whom the park is named.
Representative Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Menlo Park Mayor Drew Combs and City Council Member Cecilia Taylor are expected to speak at the event. The event is sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association, Belle Haven Action and the Town of Menlo Park.
Hear the descendants of enslaved people or broadcast a cooking demonstration
When: June 18 to June 25, 8 am-5pm
Stanford University has hosted several events, including a panel discussion and a series of cooking demonstrations focused on black diaspora foods.
● Monday June 21 from noon to 1 p.m. A panel discussion titled “Freedom Was Not Free” will feature the stories of three Stanford staff and families descended from enslaved people: Ayodele Thomas, Office of Higher Education; Jim Embry, Thomas’s father; and Lettie McGuire of Stanford Medicine. More information here.
● June 18-25. People can watch a 30-minute cooking demonstration video online by Executive Chef Terry Braggs of Stanford’s Residential and Dining Enterprises. He’ll prepare catfish smother and raspberry lemonade and provide recipes for Grilled Peach Coleslaw, Quarter Salad, Black-Eyed Smoked Peas, Macaroni and Cheese and Southern Cheese and of cornbread with beetroot and honey butter.
For more information, visit stanford.app.box.com.
Combine Pride Month with Juneteenth
When: June 19, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Or: Virtual. Register online at redwoodcity.zoom.us
Friends of the Library in Redwood City is sponsoring an author conference with Dana Johnson, non-binary gender activist, author, documentary filmmaker and workshop host, and Khalid Akil White, educator, children’s book author and CEO of Blkmpwr . The discussion will focus on topics of identity, intersectionality, diversity, equity and inclusion, and discuss how to serve and empower people of color, LGBTQ + communities and marginalized populations through therapeutic activism.
Participate in a Blackalaureate Auction Fundraiser
When: June 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: Lincoln Park, 199 University Avenue, Los Altos
Justice Vanguard, a grassroots organization focused on fighting structural racism that was founded by Kenan Moos and Kiyoshi Taylor, two black men from Los Altos, will hold its second annual Juneteenth celebration, inviting the public and media to learn more about Juneteenth and its history while supporting Black companies and the new “Blackalaureate” scholarship fund. The event is expected to offer wine tasting from a black winery, soul food, cocktails, pastries, music and poetry.
It will also feature an auction to raise money for the Blackalaureate scholarship fund, intended to support black students pursuing higher education. The scholarship will benefit graduate students from Mountain View-Los Altos High School District in 2022.
Learn more about Juneteenth
When: At any time
Or: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View
The Mountain View Public Library has compiled a book display and reading list on the topics of Juneteenth, the history of slavery in the United States, and the post-Civil War reconstruction period for those interested in find out more. It can be accessed at encore.mountainview.gov.
Attend the 40th Annual Juneteenth in the Park Festival
When: June 13-19
Or: Various locations, virtual
The African American Community Service Agency is hosting its 40th annual Juneteenth in the Park event in San Jose. Events include:
● Thursday, June 17, at the Enso Night Club, 97 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., happy hour on June 17, and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., a Sankofa Open Mic event with Prentice Powell.
● Friday June 18, virtual: 9:00 am to 10:30 am, “Education before the Celebration” event with Morgan DeBaun, Founder and Creator of Blavity and AfroTech, and Janine Rubenstein, Entertainment Journalist and TV Personality.
● Saturday June 19, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Gate D: Noon to 7pm, 40th annual juinteenth in the park festival. Planned performers include gospel musician and singer-songwriter Le’Andria Johnson, Lorianna Gardere; singer-songwriter Lena Byrd Miles; and Grammy Award-winning singer Ledisi. The master of ceremonies will be Marcus Washington from NBC Bay Area.