Juneteenth 2024 

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A large crowd entered Halvorsen Park in Eureka on Saturday to enjoy the fifth annual Juneteenth Celebration organized by Black Humboldt (founded in 2018). The event included wide mix of food, educational and family-friendly activity booths, including a stop for free flower bouquets.
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Monique Harper-Desir, Black Humboldt's co-founder, introduced the event's program theme, "Visions of a Liberated Future," and the goal of creating a sense of community and belonging, and that we're all interconnected.
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After gathering the attendees close to the stage and asking for a moment of silence, Dionna Ndlovu, Black Humboldt's co-founder, led a moving "Say Their Names" ceremony inviting people to call out the names of Black Americans whose freedoms were denied or whose lives were ended as she then poured a dipper of water filled from her bowl.
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Dionna Ndlovu, Black Humboldt's co-founder, led a moving "Say Their Names" ceremony inviting people to call out the names of Black Americans whose freedoms were denied or whose lives were ended as she then poured a dipper of water filled from her bowl.
Photo by Mark Larson
The program featured a "Justice for Josiah Spotlight" segment that included Charmaine Lawson, mother of Josiah Lawson, an HSU student who was killed at an off-campus party in Arcata in April of 2017. "Do not let this injustice happen again," said Charmaine in a moving tribute challenging the justice system and the community to find her son's killer.
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Lorna 'DJ L Boogie' Bryant led the audience in singing along to "Someday ..." by Charles Jenkins after the "Justice for Josiah Spotlight" program segment.
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Emcee local drag artist Garlic Bread introduced the Pride Tribute program segment.
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The headliner in the Pride Tribute program segment featured Jamari Amour, the founder of the ballroom House of Marc Jacobs, and other dancers.
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The Pride Tribute program segment featured dancers from the ballroom House of Marc Jacobs.
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Local drag artist Komboujia was featured in the Pride Tribute program segment.
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Shamieka Kiel and her son Raiden Walker, of Eureka, enjoyed one of many family-friendly opportunities as they stopped by Arcata Playhouse's booth to "Draw Yourself."
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Charmaine Lawson dedicated the new David Josiah Lawson mural on the north side of Arcata's D Street Neighborhood Center on Monday. It was a community collaboration created by project leader Benjamin Funke and mural artist Blake Reagan and involved the Lawson family, the NAACP Eureka Chapter, the City of Arcata, the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise and REBOUND, a DreamMaker project of the Ink People.
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Wilda Thompson, of Eureka, found a moment at the Juneteenth Celebration to get her hair braided by Tiphane, of Redway.
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In late afternoon the Juneteenth celebration program featured Hip Hop Humboldt hosted by Emcee Radio Active followed by the local band Object Heavy at 6 p.m. and a closing ceremony as sunset approached.
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Photo by Mark Larson
A large crowd entered Halvorsen Park in Eureka on Saturday to enjoy the fifth annual Juneteenth Celebration organized by Black Humboldt (founded in 2018). The event included wide mix of food, educational and family-friendly activity booths, including a stop for free flower bouquets.

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