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Kick off the weekend with a Juneteenth celebration Friday in Carson, a couple days after the official holiday.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell is hosting her 4th annual Juneteenth Celebration and Resource Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Victoria Community Regional Park in Carson.

It’ll honor June 19, 1865, the day that the last enslaved African American people, in Galveston, TX, learned that slavery had been abolished by the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier. More than 250,000 enslaved African American people throughout Texas were freed.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021.

At the free event, emceed by actor and director William Allen Young, there will be county and community resources, empowering discussions, performances and engaging activities for attendees of all ages.

The previous years’ celebrations and resource fairs were at Magic Johnson Park in Willowbrook.

Mitchell’s office through the event aims to raise awareness about the historical impact of Juneteenth and be a platform to connect residents to vital services, including tenant protections, immigration rights, mental health support, record expungement and more.

“I’m thrilled to bring our 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Resource Fair to the City of Carson for the first time,” Supervisor Mitchell said in a press release. “As we strive to grow and extend the impact of this event to reach more communities across Los Angeles County’s 2nd District, it’s critical to me that we ensure every resident can celebrate this important holiday by accessing vital resources and joyful activities.”

More information online:  mitchell.lacounty.gov/Juneteenth-2024.

If you go

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration & Resource Fair is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Victoria Community Regional Park, 419 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Carson. Register to attend and get more information at mitchell.lacounty.gov/Juneteenth-2024