Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth - Celebrate Freedom

History of Juneteenth

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.

Virtual Celebration

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 
10 a.m. 


Information and Resources

  • Juneteenth through the years at ACC
  • Events Leading up to Juneteenth
      • The Art of Social JusticeRegister for this event via MySL 
        • Artwork can not only create conversations, but it can further them. The Art of Social Justice looks to have conversations around different perspectives of social justice through artwork. Join Student Life at this event to learn, be heard, or be seen by creating your own artwork and viewing how artists have created their own conversations through their crafts.  
      • Exploring Mental Health For Communities of Color with Wilma Mae Basta - Register for this event via MySL
        • Join Student Life for a conversation on Exploring Mental Health for Communities of Color with the founder of DRK Beauty, Wilma Mae Basta. DRK Beauty’s mission is to create spaces that unmute, amplify and connect the diverse voices of women of color across the globe: to heal, survive and thrive.
        • This event will explore Basta’s own mental wellness journey, hurdles that communities of color may face in regards to mental health, and resources available to the community. There will be ACC Clinical Counselors present to provide support and ACC resources throughout the event.
        • The event will end with a Q&A opportunity for students. To request accessibility services, please contact susanna.moreno@austincc.edu.

Revisit ACC's Juneteenth 2020 Celebration (Full Virtual Event)