Updated: Jul 12, 2022
hosted the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Festival at the For Oak Cliff Community Campus. We choose to honor Juneteenth with a community celebration for the whole family, featuring free food, games, a live DJ, anon-site job fair hosted by DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), and educational activities for young children provided by Dallas Independent School District and The Perot Museum. Additionally, there was a voter registration drive to educate and help individuals register in Dallas County.
The event was full of free food and fun activities, such as water slides, bounce houses, balloon animals, and face painting. We also held games such as dominoes, spades, and UNO. Being that a lot of the community does not know the history of Juneteenth and why we celebrate, we decided to create a life-size book with the timeline of how and why it recently became a holiday.
Our life-size Juneteenth history book not only outlined the Juneteenth timeline but also highlighted the local incarcerated – because, in lieu of the event’s theme, we are not free until we are all free. The QR code on the back of the book encouraged attendees to sign a petition for the Second Look Act, which supports a developmentally appropriate justice system that increases public safety in Texas.
This was truly a community-wide event that was informative and fun for the whole famil