The Linn Benton NAACP chapter is internet hosting a Black-owned company expo as element of its Juneteenth celebration this yr.
The expo is a unique opportunity to learn about the Black-owned firms in the community, reported Wendy Sutton, Linn Benton NAACP local community coordination committee chair and an organizer of the function.
“Juneteenth is attended by men and women of all hues, all races,” Sutton mentioned. “We’re allowing everybody know that these people are out right here, and we really should truly assist them.”
Juneteenth is both of those an Oregon and a federal vacation since 2021, although not a nicely-acknowledged one, commemorating the finish of slavery in the United States. Linn Benton NAACP marks the working day with a group-huge celebration.
A little bit of heritage: On June 19, 1865, two months after the Confederacy surrendered, Union troopers brought the information of independence to Black people today in Galveston, Texas — a lot more than two several years soon after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday’s identify brings together June and nineteenth.
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Celebrating Black good results maybe requires on further this means in Oregon, which was established as a racist white utopia. Sutton mentioned it’s crucial for Black people to be observed and to boost their contributions to the community. She also hopes the event will draw curiosity in the Linn Benton NAACP chapter.
“We’re acquiring effortless avenues for persons to get included,” she stated. “I consider at times it’s tremendous intimidating as a white individual to get included in this get the job done. We want to make it truly feel doable, display folks it doesn’t have to be around-the-leading perform. Every minimal little bit will help.”
Sutton explained there’s a assorted combine of organizations signed up for the expo, which include party preparing, realty, money setting up, pet grooming, insurance coverage and Salem radio station KSOS, which performs soul audio, rhythm and blues and hip-hop. She pointed out Linn Benton NAACP keeps a listing of community Black-owned companies online.
“Black-owned organizations aren’t frequent, and they’re battling truly difficult to hold likely,” Sutton said. “They require a tiny increase.”
The Juneteenth festivities are slated from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in the Linn-Benton Group College or university courtyard at 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW in Albany.
The Juneteenth celebration consists of:
- Specific speaker Ayisha Elliot, “Black Woman from Eugene” podcaster.
- DJ Significant Cat Kirkwood.
- Establish your residence library.
- Black-owned enterprise expo.
- Local community and committee tables.
- Vaccination clinic.
- Plus “Tastee” foods to love.
Cody Mann covers Benton County and the towns of Corvallis and Philomath. He can be contacted at 541-812-6113 or [email protected] Stick to him on Twitter by using @Information_Mann_.
“Black-owned corporations aren’t common, and they’re battling really tricky to keep heading.” ~Wendy Sutton, Linn Benton NAACP