Up until recently many white people had never heard of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating the end of slavery. That this holiday is little-known displays the ongoing power of white supremacist culture in America. This year, because recent events have shone a spotlight on the injustices handed down to Black people in America, Juneteenth has gained much more recognition. And there are many events taking place that will both celebrate the end of slavery and continue the fight to end the systemic racism that has defined our country worldwide.
Below is a list of local events for Austin and its neighboring counties. If we have missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this list. We know that there are many who would like to join the cause but are unable to attend in-person events due to the ongoing pandemic. For this reason, we have broken the list down into two sections: In-Person Events and Virtual Events.
Black Lives Matter Juneteenth Protest/ March
Friday, June 19 from 2:00-6:00PM
Cedar Park Recreation Center – 1435 Main St | Cedar Park, TX
Protesters will meet at 2pm near the Cedar Park Recreation Center and march around The Parke shopping center. Protesters are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and dress in black bottoms and white shirts; Thompson said the clothes are to show unity among the protesters.
March on the Capital
Friday, June 19 from 5:00PM-12:00AM
East Martin Luther King Blvd & Comal St | Austin, Texas
Hosted by March on the Capital & Mike Ramos Brigade – from the event page: “We insist: there won’t be peace until there is justice, we won’t patiently sit and wait for this corrupt system to “fix” itself. We are marching to tell the city that not enough change has been made, that vague promises are not enough, that we will keep fighting for Black lives. We are marching to show that the people of Austin are united against police brutality and racism!”
Juneteenth Celebration – Social Justice “Pull Up” Rally
Saturday, June 20 from 1:00-4:00PM
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Sponsored by the Austin Area Urban League, this event aims to unite us as one voice to express that the time has come to fight for social and economic equity in Central Texas and beyond. 100% of donations will benefit the AAUL’s COVID-19 response to disenfranchised communities as well as justice and advocacy initiatives. Register Sponsored by the Austin Area Urban League, this event aims to unite us as one voice to express that the time has come to fight for social and economic equity in Central Texas and beyond. 100% of donations will benefit the Austin Area Urban League’s COVID-19 response to disenfranchised communities as well as justice and advocacy initiatives.
Online stream also available here
This event benefits the Austin Justice Coalition and includes conversations and performances with Austin artists Magna Carda, Kalu and The Electric Joint, Torre Blake, Blackillac, Zai Sadler, Christopher Michael and more. It takes place live on The Far Out Lounge outdoor stage. Capacity is limited, and masks are encouraged. Table seating only. Guests are asked to remain at their table unless using the restroom or ordering at the outdoor bar.
4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Sunday, June 21 from 3:00-8:00PM
Harker Heights Events Center – 710 Edwards Drive | Harker Heights, Texas
Marsha P. Johnson Memorial March and Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, June 28 at 6:00PM
A.B. Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center Community Advisory Board – 2100 E 3rd St | Austin, Texas 78702
Austin LGBT+ for Black Lives invites you to remember Stonewall! Join them on Stonewall’s anniversary to remember Marsha P Johnson, the contributions of Trans Women of Color in the LGBT+ community, and to honor the lives of Trans Women who have been lost. The Rally will begin at 6pm, where the organization will host an LGBTQ+ Black and POC market, followed by speakers and musicians beginning at 7pm. Following this will be a silent march honoring Trans women who have been killed, and in solidarity for Black Lives.
*More info to be announced*
The ARA Virtual Juneteenth Artist Exhibition is an opportunity to highlight up-and-coming local artists by hosting a feature exhibition that will cultivate artist development and stimulate support for multi-cultural art in honor of Juneteenth. One of the primary goals of this art exhibition is to encourage community engagement for local artists of color.
Juneteenth 2020 – Growing Your Roots During a Global Pandemic Using Genealogy as a Progressive Tool (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
Hosted by Downs-Jones Library, Huston-Tillotson University, this event commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last group of enslaved African-Americans emancipated. The presentation will focus on ancestry and genealogy.
Captain Louie White Juneteenth Commemoration (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 from 1:00-2:00PM
Hosted by Austin NAACP, this event will explore the state of policing in America and the current crisis and challenges based on revelations after the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia and Mike Ramos, in Austin, Texas
Hosted by Shared Frequencies, standing in solidarity with protesters worldwide on equal rights and police brutality, is highlighting and recognizing more black artists musical and visual talents. This Juneteenth, they have a fantastic line up of DJs from ATX to the DMV. Tune in, share, and groove for a cause! They will be accepting donations to Communities United Against Police Brutality.
TxFCP Juneteenth Happy Hour (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 from 5:00PM-6:30PM
Login via Zoom with ID: 937 4954 3564
** LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE**
Hosted by the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, this online event is a chance to chat about all things Juneteenth, Texas Freedom Colonies and more. Learn about Juneteenth and its origins as well as meet some descendants of some freedom colonies.
Juneteenth 2020: Stay Black and Live (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 at 6:00-9:00PM
More info here
A collaboration with several Black organizations in Austin’s EAST side, The VORTEX and the George Washington Carver Museum along with other groups, this event will be streaming across multiple online platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitch and on the Juneteenth website) and will feature community leaders and music and spoken word performances by local artists.
Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington (Virtual Event)
Saturday, June 20 from 9:00-11:00AM
Hosted by the Texas Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, this event will be the largest digital gathering of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, faith leaders, and people of conscience marshalling their collective voices to demonstrate the power of community and demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.
We’ll post an updated event list next Friday, June 26th.