LIST: Juneteenth Events Happening Around L.A.

Rebekah Sager
June 19, 2020 - 6:15 am
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In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

But in 2020, as the coronavirus ravishes black America disproportionately, as economic uncertainty wrought by the pandemic strains black pocketbooks, and as police brutality continues to devastate black families, Juneteenth is a day of protest.

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An online charity bake sale launches Friday with all proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and The Gathering for Justice.

Pies go on sale at 9 a.m. on Gather for Good’s website Friday. Pies will be made by some of the most famous chefs in Los Angeles and other restaurants.

Get some Pie: https://www.andgatherforgood.com/piesforjustice​ You pick your pies up on Saturday between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On this Juneteenth, a picnic at Bruce's Beach in Manhattan Beach will call attention to a chapter of the city's history that's not taught in schools. When organizers sit--physically-distanced--on the sand today they'll be recognizing the first beach on America's west coast open to African-Americans. Bruce's Beach is named for the Black couple who opened a resort there in 1912. The town eventually forced them out and they left Manhattan Beach.
   
11 a.m. CARSON - City Councilwoman Lula Davis Holmes and the Carson Citizen Cultural Arts Foundation will host a grab-and-go food box distribution in celebration of Juneteenth and Father's Day. Contact says 500 city residents will receive food boxes. Community Center, 801 E. Carson St. Contact: Dianne Thomas, organizer, 310-632-0756.
   
Noon VARIOUS - Tylynn Burns, Ricole Carillo and Aliyah Thomas will host a drive-thru Juneteenth Parade, keeping in line with COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The parade route will begin at The Forum and travel through predominately Black neighborhoods that are home to Black-owned establishments and businesses. The route will specially travel through Inglewood, View Park, Windsor Hills, Crenshaw and end at Leimert Park, where the "Pray for the Hood" event will take place.  Approximately 50-100 cars and motorcycles will be participating. The parade will depart from The Forum, Kareem Court, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd. Contact: Burns, organizer, 310-218-7793.

1 p.m. INGLEWOOD - myCovidMD will provide free COVID-19 antibody testing to locals as part of a partnership with Faithful Central Bible Church and The Blackbird House for Coworking and in observance of Juneteenth. Registration is recommended but not mandatory. The Tabernacle at Faith Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave. Contact: Anika Jackson, Shared Harvest Foundation, anika.j@sharedharvestfund.org or 310-567-0038.

2 p.m. LOS ANGELES - The Crenshaw Subway Coalition, The Umoja Center, Black Lives Matter, Downtown Crenshaw and other partners will present the "Juneteenth as Black Tradition Caravan & March." Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama boulevards. Contact: info@crenshawsubway.org.

3 p.m. EL SEGUNDO - El Segundo for Black Lives will host a two-hour Juneteenth Remembrance Ceremony. Library Park, Main Street and Mariposa Avenue. Contact: elsegundoforblacklives@gmail.com.

5 p.m. WEST HOLLYWOOD - The city will host a virtual panel discussion on racial injustice in recognition of Juneteenth. The panelists will discuss issues of racial injustice and police violence, as well as provide legal and historical perspectives. Scheduled to participate are Barbara Arnwine, president/founder of Transformative Justice Coalition; Jasmyne Cannick, a political strategist and journalist; actor/comedian Sinbad; and Emmy Award- winning KTLA5 senior producer Marcus Smith.  L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley- Thomas will deliver a welcome and introduction. The panel will be streamed on www.weho.org/wehotv and www.youtube.com/wehotv. Contact: Andi Lovano, city, 323- 848-6333 or alovano@weho.org.

Associated Press contributed to this story.