The Murdoch Community Center will be thriving during the annual Juneteenth celebration which will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

Presented by NAU’s Gold’n Brown Jacks, the Coconino County African American Advisory Council and Southside Community Association, the celebration commemorates the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The free family-friendly event is open to the public and offers food, live music and prizes, along with activities, vendors and educational performances that illustrate the growth and development of the black experience.

“Here, with Juneteenth, we have a golden opportunity to embrace the past to better understand our future within the larger northern Arizona community,” said Frederick Gooding, Jr., NAU Ethnic Studies assistant professor and co-founder of the NAU Gold’n Brown Jacks.

The Murdoch Community Center is located at 203 W. Brannen St.