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CCAC Juneteenth activities to include honoring slain rapper Nipsey Hussle

Emily Balser
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The Community College of Allegheny County’s Homewood-Brushton Center.

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Homewood-Brushton Center will partner with TRIO Student Support Services and the black art expo to host the center’s annual Juneteenth event this month.

The event, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 at the center at 701 N. Homewood Ave.

It will feature local entrepreneurs, a Divine 9 step exhibition, a dance team performance, tributes by CCAC students and community members, a DJ, an art show, free food, games and activities for kids.

This event is designed to educate the community on the importance of Juneteenth. This year’s event also will celebrate the legacy of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, who encouraged the creation of businesses in the African American community and the value of self-worth.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and we think this year’s will be even bigger and better,” said Chance Wideman, success coach and coordinator at the Homewood-Brushton Center. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate freedom while seeing what local entrepreneurs and artists are doing to promote and cultivate the appreciation of African American history and culture.”

For more information call Chance Wideman at 412-371-1600.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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