TCC marks Juneteenth with activities for College, community

In keeping with Tarrant County College’s commitment to serving students and the community, TCC is hosting Juneteenth events that will educate, entertain and inspire those who attend. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865—the date Union troops arrived in Texas announcing the Civil War had ended and that slaves were free.

TCC Northeast (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst) will hold “Juneteenth Northeast: A Celebration of Arts and Letters” on Wednesday, June 19. In partnership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. North Central Texas Alumnae Chapter, the campus will present music, dance and theater performances and award scholarships to winners of a visual art contest. The event takes place in Center Corner (NSTU 1615A); it begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and continues at 6:30 p.m. with the program. Attendees are invited to wear African cultural attire. Meanwhile, TCC Northeast’s J. Ardis Bell Library (NLIB) will feature books, materials and a digital slideshow related to the holiday in the “Celebrate Juneteenth!” display, located on the main floor of the library throughout the month of June.

Juneteenth will be marked at TCC Northwest (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) with a feast and celebration on Wednesday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event in WTLO Lobby is sponsored by TCC Northwest Student Activities and the Testing Center. In addition, the campus’s Walsh Library (WTLO 3100) will display Juneteenth books and information. Visitors can learn about the history and significance of the holiday June 13-27.

TCC South (5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth) will host Unity Unlimited’s Juneteenth Fort Worth festival, held in partnership with community activist Opal Lee. On Saturday, June 15, participants will enjoy a 5K or 1-mile walk/run, parade, barbecue cookoff, entertainment, basketball tournament, food and retail vendors, kids’ activities and more. Additional information and the complete schedule is available on Unity Unlimited’s website.

The Juneteenth celebration at TCC Southeast (2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington) is planned for Wednesday, June 19. The event will include storytellers and musicians as well as activities centered on African American cowboys and their role in Texas history. Attendees will also enjoy “Potluck Republic,” an exhibit on the history of Texas cuisine. In addition, the campus will have a Juneteenth display June 17-20. The exhibit, designed by Frankie Ward with TCC Southeast Student Activities and located in ESCT HUB, will cover the African American experience before and after June 1865.

TCC Trinity River (300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth) will explore the history and impact of Juneteenth on Thursday, June 20. North Texas author Donald J. Norman-Cox will present “Juneteenth 101: Myths and Forgotten Facts” from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Riverfront Café.

For all TCC events, visit the College calendar.