June 01, 2023

LAWT News Service


The Juneteenth 400, a nonprofit organization presents its annual Juneteenth Celebration from Wednesday, June 14, through Monday, June 19.

The event is a collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles, NAACP Branch 1069, SA Recycling, Economic and Workforce Development Department, Pacific Maritime Association, Water Replenishment District, YWCA, 99 cent Only Stores, Dr. Bryant Institute, ICHOR Strategies, Councilmember Tim McOster, Harbor Gateway WorkSource Center, Women on the Waterfront, Port of Long Beach, ILWU Locals 13,63 and 94 as well as the City of Los Angeles.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War and has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s. Joe Gatlin, San Pedro resident and activist has hosted an annual Juneteenth Celebration from 2000 to 2018.  In 2021, he founded the nonprofit Juneteenth 400 which now has expanded partnerships and collaborations to host the celebration which has attracted thousands of Angelenos to the Los Angeles Harbor area over the years.

The Juneteenth 400 festivities will feature a Dodger Stadium outing for 100 youth from Los Angeles County to celebrate Black Heritage Night on June 14. Youth will receive an exclusive jersey, pay tribute to the rich history of Black Dodger players, and celebrate Black culture. 

On June 15, a celebrity charity Domino Tournament takes place at 2 p.m. on the Battleship Iowa.  All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Registry.

For the first time, the LA Port of Los Angeles is opening its doors to job opportunities on the waterfront in partnership with Juneteenth 400.  The Economic and Workforce Development Department Job Fair will be held on June 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, a Family Style Picnic takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The picnic and the job fair will be held at Wilmington Waterfront Park located at the corner of C and Figueroa Streets in Wilmington. 

Activities will conclude on June 19 with two activities.  First, the Korean Bell Preservation Committee will celebrate Juneteenth with a bell ringing ceremony at the Korean Friendship Bell from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3671 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro.  From 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Juneteenth 400 will host a cruise around the harbor with a cannon and firework display. Space is limited and registration is required.

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