The event commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in America. For many years, the African American Cultural Center at ACC has been heading up the programming and logistics for the community-wide Juneteenth celebration. The work of Professor Roland Hayes, Wanda Alexander, Phylis Clark, Loretta Edelen, and more have shown that not only this day is important but that Black people matter. Others like Darrell Merriweather in Advising have been helping in the planning and execution of Black cultural programming for 4+ years.
Juneteenth, before 2020 and Covid, was usually a large celebration that tore through the streets on the Eastside of Austin with vigor and grace. All community members were welcomed to the Eastview campus to partake in various activities like dunk tanks, musical performances, outdoor basketball, lawn games, cultural awareness talks, speeches, informational events, and more! Breaking the chains of slavery and breaking the narratives and stereotypes of Black people have always been the goal for the workers at the African American Cultural Center. And, this particular celebration was an annual culmination of that work and love for the culture.
This year's celebration will be virtual and includes opportunities to share your experiences with other ACC students, faculty, and staff! Learn more and RSVP below. We also invite you to express yourself and connect with the community on our Juneteenth padlet - find the link at top right of the page.
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.