Community conversation on Juneteenth, July 4th set for Edmonds Center for Arts June 29


“Bridging the Gap: A Community Conversation on Juneteenth and the 4th of July” is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, June 29, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The event is being hosted by Edmonds resident Alicia Crank of Crank’d Up Consulting. It is planned as a hybrid event and is geared for all ages, Crank said.

“I feel it is important for all of us to learn more about the two independence days,” Crank said. “As much as it may be an uncomfortable conversation, it also benefits us as a community to learn about our collective history, diverse cultural aspects, and hopefully ways that we can cohesively celebrate both. This is a conversation that goes beyond Edmonds.”

The event will include a panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session. Crank and Jon Bauer, editorial editor of The Daily Herald, will serve as moderators.

Panelists include:

  • Bianca Dang, Ph.D.: assistant professor, Donald W. Logan Family Endowed Chair of American History – University of Washington
  • Steve Nelson: Sr. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, Alaska Airlines
  • Michelle Osborne, J.D.: Michelle M. Osborne, J.D. & Associates, LLC

The event’s current sponsor/partners are the Alaska Airlines, Edmonds Center for the Arts, The Daily Herald, and Sno-Isle Libraries.  Anyone interested in event partnership can reach out to Crank directly at

Those interested in attending or who would like to learn more about the event can visit  or visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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