Houston’s oldest public park, Emancipation Park, is hosting a series of virtual events all week long to celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed on Galveston Island in 1865, with 2,000 federal troops and issued General Order No. 3, liberating 250,000 slaves in Texas.
These programs, part of the park’s 149th Juneteenth observances, are designed to illuminate the Black and African American influence in the community, bring attention to local businesses and history, and spotlight historic individuals who made these celebrations possible.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Entrepreneurship
This webinar features a discussion with the folks behind Turkey Leg Hut, Houston Sauce Co., Crumbville, and the Emancipation Economic Development Council. Learn about the practices these Black-owned businesses used that helped them to succeed amid the pandemic. The topics on the table include business credit, setup, paperwork, and brand reputation.
6:30 p.m. June 14. Free, register ahead of time. Online. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Ministry
Church on Sunday? Not this week. On Tuesday, hear from Third Ward pastors as they open up about their experiences and the role that church has played in the Black community, like providing local economic, financial, and health resources.
10 a.m. June 15. Free, register ahead of time. Online. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Economic Empowerment
Clear your evening Wednesday and play a more active role in your community. Learn about development plans regarding Emancipation Avenue in the panel discussion with Emancipation Economic Development Council, EPC, Houston Southeast, and Main Street.
6 p.m. June 16. Free. Online. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Ancestry
Before you go out and pay for Ancestry.com or 23andMe, attend this Zoom meeting and hear from historian Debra Blacklock-Sloan, who will discuss the basics of research as you begin your own genealogical quest. Discover where you can get access to public records, resources, and more.
2 p.m. June 17. Free, register ahead of time. Online. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Awareness
Have your kids been struggling with mental health during the pandemic? Therapist Cheryl Ivery, from local nonprofit Life After Life, will share practices that kids can do to combat mental health issues due to pandemic-related social isolation, stress, and anxiety. This Facebook Live event will also have a kid-friendly workout session with personal trainer Richard Dora.
11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 17. Free. Facebook Live. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Generational
Tune in to social media on Friday for the Juneteenth Story Jam as four Third Ward elementary schools team up to promote literacy. Kids will read from Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford as part of the event, which is meant to encourage students to read together as they support the literary works of African American authors.
11 a.m. June 18. Free. Social media. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is Community
What is on the menu for Juneteenth? Barbecue, watermelon, soda, and more. Emancipation Park Conservancy is partnering with Lucille’s 1913, H-E-B, Coca-Cola, and Houston Food Bank to provide 2,000 community meals, plus grocery boxes. Volunteering opportunities are available as well.
11 a.m. June 19. Free, registration required. Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave. Learn more here.
#WeAreJuneteenth Is a Celebration
Turn your living room into a party zone and tune into the virtual celebrations. Jam out to the beats from DJs, musical artists, and community performances from local artists like poet Tina B and Stacy J and Unified Dance Company. Plus, you might win a prize.
3 p.m. June 19. Free. Online. Learn more here.