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Being Better Neighbors hosts the 2nd Annual Juneteenth June 18th, 2022 in Erie Colorado

Being Better Neighbors hosts the 2nd Annual Juneteenth June 18th, 2022 in Erie Colorado


Erie, CO (June 13th, 2022) – Being Better Neighbors, a local non-profit and community organization in partnership with the Town of Erie and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board, is proud to present the 2nd Annual Juneteenth celebration on June 18th, 2022 from 12pm-4pm. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, and the newest federally-recognized national holiday.

This event will be held in historic downtown Erie, on Briggs St. The Juneteenth Celebration will include live entertainment, food trucks, a beer tent, vendors, kids’ activities, and more. The event is free to attend, so bring your friends and a water bottle, and take in the festivities!

The Juneteenth Celebration will feature musical and dance acts from DJ Digg, Mokomba Ensemble, Raw Groove, and Soul School. For a full schedule, please see our Facebook event or our website.

Being Better Neighbors is a non-profit organization established to embrace Erie’s growing diversity and to ensure we live in a welcoming and inclusive town. The organization began from a resident’s effort to host a march for racial justice in spring of 2020, which attracted 1000 residents from Erie and surrounding towns. Seeing the interest in racial justice and inclusion, the organizers of the march created Being Better Neighbors, which hosted the first annual Juneteenth celebration in Erie in 2021, shortly after Juneteenth was declared the newest national holiday. The organization hopes to continue hosting events and raising awareness for all of our diverse population.


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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