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Juneteenth, Action Utah & Day of Dinners.

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MAKE WAVES ON JUNETEENTH
Americans have a lot to learn about their African-American history. The June 19, 1865, announcement of slavery abolition in Texas, and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South was just the beginning. Weber State University is celebrating Juneteenth with two important events, starting with the State of Black Utah Town Hall Meeting. (Weber State University Davis Campus, 2750 University Park Blvd., Layton, 801-644-1402, Friday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2sI76wA)

Later, join Betty Sawyer of Black Scholars United for a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using James Baldwin's original words and rich archival material in I Am Not Your Negro. (Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Wednesday, June 21, 7-9 p.m., free, projectsuccessinc.org)

DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL
Overwhelmed and exhausted by all the political noise? Just because it's summer, don't get lazy and let your enthusiasm wane. Action Utah makes it easier for you to get engaged by bringing you vetted information and meaningful actions you can take via their weekly emails and daily posts, including urgent calls to action, on their website, Facebook and Twitter. Follow some tips to create a sustainable civic engagement plan that keeps you involved in meaningful actions related to health care, poverty and homelessness, public lands, ethics (of course) and more. You can join an action committee, too. (Action Utah, 745 E. 300 South, 801-977-8227, free, actionutah.org)

DAY OF DINNERS
Instead of screaming at each other, how about talking politics over dinner? Sign up now to host or attend the #DayofDinners as a unique way of building stronger communities. The Women's March has partnered with Dream Defenders in an effort to bring people from all walks of life to their neighbors' tables. It's important to see one other in new ways and remind ourselves that there is hope if we work together. This is a potluck dinner and organizers ask that you bring a dish that means something to you. You probably won't see a lot of mac and cheese, but anything's possible. (Sunday, June 25, dayofdinners.org)


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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

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A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

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