2024 Juneteenth

Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday, June 16
Millennium Plaza Park 

Join the City of Lake Oswego, Respond to Racism, Black Student Unions of Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School and the Women of Color Alliance to commemorate the end of slavery with a community celebration honoring the historic day. Event program includes a special keynote address from Libra Forde, executive director of the Women's Foundation of Oregon, performance of the Black National Anthem by the Brown Sisters of Portland, Stomp n' Shake performance from the McDaniel Cheer Team and youth panel discussion hosted by the Black Student Unions of Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools. Guests can also visit nonprofit booths, food vendors, artisans and more! Main program begins at 12pm. A remembrance of the late Bruce R. Poinsette will occur at the beginning of the program with words from Bruce about the significance of Juneteenth and a moment of silence. 

More about Libra Forde: 

Libra Forde is currently the Executive Director for Women’s Foundation of Oregon, a philanthropist non-profit organization that focuses on the dismantlement of systems that impede gender justice. Libra served as the interim Executive Director of Western States Center (WSC) and was the Chief Operating Officer for one of the largest culturally specific non-profits in Oregon. Libra led conservative North Clackamas in being the first to name a high school in Oregon after a person of color. She is an elected member of the North Clackamas School board for which she chaired board during the pandemic.

Libra also has over 25 years of education advocacy experience in Hawaii and Oregon. She has led innovative education reform and structure developments to include the first active-duty military child scholarship program for transitions and hybrid charter school in Hawaii. In addition, Libra’s volunteer work include Governor appointment to Oregon State Commission for Women, State of Oregon Education Recovery Committee, a member of the Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council, and Executive Board member for the Maurice Lucas Foundation. Libra is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Libra holds awards in racial/social justice, innovation and international speech.

Millennium Plaza Park
200 1st Street
Lake Oswego, 97034