150TH JUNETEENTH KICK-OFF ACTIVITIES
Join Emancipation Park Conservancy as we kick-off our 150th Juneteenth Celebration with a series of “Emancipation Conversations” covering a variety of topics that affect African Americans in Houston and beyond. The objective is to educate, inspire and increase public awareness within the community by providing a forum for interaction with national leaders.
Emancipation Park Conservancy's goal is to provide transformational experiences and a forum for generating new approaches through lectures. The mission of the Emancipation Conversations Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and entertain by showcasing iconic leaders in performance arts, business, philanthropy, authors, politicians, humanitarians, and everyday community leaders.
LECTURE SERIES SESSIONS
The Galveston Story
Sam Collins III
Wednesday, June 1 | 6:30 pm
Join us for a screening of "The Galveston Story" with a follow-up conversation that will provide insight into the history of Juneteenth.
The State of Education
Dr. Rod Paige, former US Secretary of Education, and Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, president, Texas Southern University
Thursday, June 2 | 6:30 pm
Join us as our presenters address the state of education and the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Julius W. Garvey, son of
civil rights activist Marcus Garvey
Thursday, June 9 | 6:30 pm
Join us as our presenter covers the importance of preserving African American historical sites and their connection to Juneteenth and the black experience.
Healthcare & The Impact of
COVID in Communities of Color
Dr. David Callender, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann; Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann and Dr. Peter Hotez, director, Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development
Monday, June 13 | 6:30 pm
Join us as our presenters address the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and social factors that affect health.
Policing Communities of Color
Tonya Jones, judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 15; PJ Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd; Dr. Howard Henderson, founding director, Texas Southern University Center for Justice Research and Dr. Whitney Threadcraft-Walker, director of programs and strategic partnerships, Emancipation Park Conservancy
Tuesday, June 14 | 6:30 pm
Join us as our presenters discuss policing and the current state of communities of color.
Art & Community Redevelopment
Michelle Barnes, founder, Community Artists Collective; Danielle Burns-Wilson, curator and art director, Project Row Houses, and local artists Jesse Lott and Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw
Wednesday, June 15 | 6:30 pm
Join us as our presenters discuss the role of art in helping communities of color maintain historical and cultural identities while facing gentrification.
Join Emancipation Park Conservancy for a series of “Emancipation Conversations” covering a variety of topics that affect African Americans in Houston and beyond. Special guests— ranging from Dr. Rod Paige, former US Secretary of Education, and PJ Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd — will address the histories of Juneteenth and Memorial Day, the significance of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in education, the impact of Covid-19 on communities of color and the role of arts in historical and cultural preservation among others.