According to Black Alliance and Social Empowerment, or BASE, today was the fist ever Southern Oregon Juneteenth celebration.
Representatives believe there was a celebration in the past, but nothing on this scale. The event featured live music, food, and opportunities to learn about the history of the day.
Black businesses traveled from all over the state to participate today, with some coming as far as Portland. One Black owner said it brought tears to her eyes thinking about Juneteenth finally being recognized as a federal holiday and that she feels honored to be an African American.
BASE hopes the Juneteenth Celebration will be a centerpiece of the organization moving forward.
To learn more about BASE, you can visit their website at www.baseoregon.org.