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Students to hold Juneteenth celebration in downtown Mountain View today

Kenan Moos, a member of the group Justice Vanguard, shares a poem with protesters in Lincoln Park in Los Altos on June 5. Photo by Adam Pardee.

A coalition of current and former Mountain View-Los Altos High School District students is holding an event celebrating Juneteenth in downtown Mountain View on Friday afternoon, aimed at putting a spotlight on black history, culture and the accomplishments of people of color.

The event, hosted by the group Justice Vanguard, will kick off at Pioneer Park next to City Hall at 3 p.m. today. Event organizers said they expect anywhere from 200 to 700 participants, including City Council members, and that everyone will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of African American slaves by Union soldiers on June 19, 1865 -- years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been written -- and has taken on heightened significance this year. The annual celebration follows weeks of protests and civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer, raising questions about systemic racism and the disproportionate effects of use of force on people of color.

Several high-profile Bay Area companies, notably Twitter and Square, have declared June 19 a paid holiday this year, and banks including Chase and Bank of the West announced they will close their bank branches in honor of Juneteenth.

Justice Vanguard, comprised of residents, students and student alumni in Mountain View and Los Altos, said the Friday event is intended to be a lively and positive celebration with music, dancing and "education booths." The group will also hold a fundraiser with proceeds going to advocacy organizations serving low-income communities.

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Organizers point out that only around 2% of the residents in Mountain View are black or African American -- dropping to 0.3% in Los Altos -- underscoring the need to uplift voices in the black community during Juneteenth.

"Public education is necessary in abolishing systemic oppression, so this event will support this initiative in a lighthearted, positive, and enjoyable way," according to a statement by the group Thursday.

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Students to hold Juneteenth celebration in downtown Mountain View today

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Uploaded: Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 11:59 am

A coalition of current and former Mountain View-Los Altos High School District students is holding an event celebrating Juneteenth in downtown Mountain View on Friday afternoon, aimed at putting a spotlight on black history, culture and the accomplishments of people of color.

The event, hosted by the group Justice Vanguard, will kick off at Pioneer Park next to City Hall at 3 p.m. today. Event organizers said they expect anywhere from 200 to 700 participants, including City Council members, and that everyone will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of African American slaves by Union soldiers on June 19, 1865 -- years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been written -- and has taken on heightened significance this year. The annual celebration follows weeks of protests and civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer, raising questions about systemic racism and the disproportionate effects of use of force on people of color.

Several high-profile Bay Area companies, notably Twitter and Square, have declared June 19 a paid holiday this year, and banks including Chase and Bank of the West announced they will close their bank branches in honor of Juneteenth.

Justice Vanguard, comprised of residents, students and student alumni in Mountain View and Los Altos, said the Friday event is intended to be a lively and positive celebration with music, dancing and "education booths." The group will also hold a fundraiser with proceeds going to advocacy organizations serving low-income communities.

Organizers point out that only around 2% of the residents in Mountain View are black or African American -- dropping to 0.3% in Los Altos -- underscoring the need to uplift voices in the black community during Juneteenth.

"Public education is necessary in abolishing systemic oppression, so this event will support this initiative in a lighthearted, positive, and enjoyable way," according to a statement by the group Thursday.

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smorr
Monta Loma
on Jun 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm
smorr, Monta Loma
on Jun 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm
7 people like this

Really glad to hear about this! Thanks to MV-LAHS students for organizing and raising awareness.


Jessica
Old Mountain View
on Jun 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Jessica, Old Mountain View
on Jun 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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To the author, please capitalize the B in Black.


Sarada College
Cuernavaca
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Sarada College, Cuernavaca
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:40 pm
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@Jessica
Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2020 at 7:05 am
@Jessica, Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2020 at 7:05 am
4 people like this

Please refer to your AP or writing style book and you will see that writer is correct.. The use of a capital letter would have been incorrect at that point in the sentence since it is not a persons name.

Thanks,

Local Professor for Cultural Affairs


Joel Lachter
North Whisman
on Jun 21, 2020 at 8:41 am
Joel Lachter, North Whisman
on Jun 21, 2020 at 8:41 am
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@@Jessica: The AP has updated there style guide. Black is now capitalized when referring to people.
Web Link


styleandgrammer
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2020 at 9:33 am
styleandgrammer, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2020 at 9:33 am
5 people like this

@Joel

there is their:)


estapo
St. Francis Acres
on Jun 21, 2020 at 10:09 am
estapo, St. Francis Acres
on Jun 21, 2020 at 10:09 am
2 people like this

> Please refer to your AP or writing style book
> The AP has updated their style guide

@APStylebook is a great follow, fwiw. Especially for the grammar (small g)estapo.

Now, can we get back to these (capital G)reat Kids!?!


A Time For Change
Castro City
on Jun 21, 2020 at 10:28 am
A Time For Change, Castro City
on Jun 21, 2020 at 10:28 am
21 people like this

Thank goodness there weren't any controversial statues in MV or Los Altos to tear down. I understand that ones of Ulysses S. Grant, Francis Scott Key and Junipero Serra were removed in San Francisco.

A tribute to Booker T. Washington should also be included as he perfected the peanut which is both a key agricultural product and culinary ingredient.

Commercial trademarks such as Aunt Jemima & Uncle Ben's will either be removed and/or revised and Mrs. Butterworth's is also rumored to be on the cutting block.

That leaves Betty Crocker (who should also be removed) as a symbol of white cooking supremacy in the household kitchen.


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