YWCA Clark County is giving this year’s Val Joshua Racial Justice Award to Cindi Fisher and the Youth Social Justice Award, which comes with a $500 scholarship, to William Clark. The two will be celebrated for their “leadership in working toward the elimination of racism and promotion of peace, justice freedom and dignity for all,” said a news release from YWCA.
The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony 1 p.m. June 23 at Foster and Hannah halls at Clark College, 1922 Fort Vancouver Way. It will be part of the Vancouver NAACP branch’s Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the official end of slavery in Texas and, more generally, the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the United States.
The Juneteenth celebration includes a job fair and panel discussion on ending and erasing systemic racism. There will also be a pie and T-shirt design contest, bouncy house, face painting, crafts, dances and food.