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The June 19 event is intended to help ensure black Oregonians and other people are counted in the U.S. Census.

CONTRIBUTED - Portland Trail Blazer DJ O.G. One will perform during the Juneteenth event to boost U.S. Census participation.The statewide organization created to help ensure that all Oregonians are counted in this year's U.S. Census is hosting a Juneteenth online event to boost participation by African Americans and others people of color.

CONTRIBUTED - Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza will speak during the Juneteenth event.The #WeCountOregon campaign is grounded in social justice for people of color. It is led by black-women and represents precisely the change people are demanding.

The #BlackLikeMe Juneteenth event will be streamed live from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19.

The event is free and will feature Portland Trail Blazers' D.J. O.G. One, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Bria Smith from March For Our Lives, Oregon state Rep. Akasha Lawrence Spence (D-Portland), #WeCountOregon state manager Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, leaders of Self-Enhancement Inc., the NAACP and the Urban League, and more.

CONTRIBUTED - #WeCountOregon state manager Esperanza Tervalon-Garret, who is also the principle of Dancing Hearts Consulting.

Organizers are working on how viewers will be able to ask questions about the census and other issues.

Juneteenth — which is observed annually on June 19 — honors the abolition of slavery in the United States, and specifically those in Texas, who had been kept in chains until June 1865, despite the conclusion of the Civil War in April and passage of the Emancipation Proclamation years earlier.

People can register for the event online.


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