By: Tom Benoit Photo via TABPHE-CC Taken by: Debbie Noble
For the past 15 years, the Corpus Christi Juneteenth Coalition has put on Juneteenth celebrations in the Coastal Bend region. The local chapters of Corpus Christi Academy of African American Women Doctors, the Black Chamber of Commerce, Women Business Owners, the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education – Corpus Christi (TABPHE-CC), and the Northside Juneteenth Committee are sponsoring 10 days of Juneteenth events. The decision to host 10 days of events was done intentionally, signifying the 10 days it took for General Gordon Granger to arrive to Galveston, delivering the news of the Civil War ending and to inform enslaved African Americans in Texas of their freedom.
Looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Corpus Christi? Look no further! Here’s a list of the 10 days of events happening in Corpus Christi.
Juneteenth 2021 Kickoff
June 9 | 6 – 8 P.M.
To kickoff Juneteenth 2021 celebrations, TABPHE-CC is hosting the kickoff event at Muse Bistro. The event will consist of networking and poetry readings. This event will also explain what other celebrations are being held during the 10 days. The kickoff event will be held at Muse Bistro at 414 Starr St.
June 12 | 2 – 5 P.M.
Since last month, the Black Chamber of Commerce has been hosting Membership Mixers as part of a recruitment period. The Black Chamber of Commerce is trying to recruit 100 members. The Black Chamber of Commerce has dropped their membership prices by half during this recruitment period from May until August. The membership mixer will be held at Coral Bean Café at 7426 Staples St.
Day of Worship
Pastor Chris Hall is hosting a Sunday Day of Worship, which will be held at Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church at 2801 Sabinas St.
Lazy Beach Juneteenth Sunday Funday
June 13 | 4 – 8 P.M.
Sponsored by Herschel Shoats and Curly Girls, Lazy Beach Brewing is hosting a Sunday Funday with tug-o-war contests, food trucks, bouncy houses and featuring local vendors. Lazy Beach Brewing is located at 7522 Bichon Dr. #100.
State of Black Businesses Virtual Townhall
June 14 | 6 P.M.
The Black Chamber of Commerce is inviting all Black-owned businesses to attend the State of Black Businesses Virtual Townhall to check-in on how Black Businesses are doing post-pandemic. Assistant City Manager Neiman Young will also attend in order to create strategic plans to make sure the Black Chamber of Commerce is servicing businesses. This event is virtual and the Zoom link can be found at blackchambercc.org.
Straighten Your Crown!
June 15 | 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Another Zoom event will be hosted by Pastor Katina Stilth and her organization True Identity plan on hosting a wellness event to work on women’s goals and their future. Stilth’s background is in working with trafficked women as well as a motivational speaker. The event will focus on how to focus goals for the future. This event will be hosted on Zoom, with the link being posted on www.tabphecc.org.
Poster Contest, Recognition of High School Honorees, and College Day
June 16 | 3 – 7 P.M.
This year, the three events will be held all at once. The afternoon will start with a poster contest for elementary and middle school students. The afternoon will also honor high school students and will have different colleges from around the area, including A&M Kingsville, Del Mar, A&M Corpus Christi, as well as some Texas HBCU’s. The event is hosted by the TABPHE-CC, HEB, Big Foot BBQ, and Mattress Firm. The afternoon of events will be held at Solomon M. Coles High School and Education Center at 924 Winnebago St.
Juneteenth Black and White Dance
June 18 | 7 P.M. – 11 P.M.
To honor Dr. Gloria Scott, TABPHE-CC and the Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting a dance at YWCA. According to TABPHE-CC president Simone Sanders, it’s the kind of event where you give roses to someone to thank them for what they’ve done, which is exactly what TABPHE-CC and the Black Chamber of Commerce plan on doing that for Dr. Scott. The event will be held at YWCA Corpus Christi at 4601 Corona.
Juneteenth for the Crest Festival
June 19 | 4 P.M. – 10 P.M.
The main event of the 10 days of Juneteenth events, the Juneteeth for the Crest Festival which will have music, vendors and giveaways. Catch live performances from Flat Broke Acoustics, Claudia Melton, Reggie Jamz, Keyun & The Zydeco Masters. Plus, enjoy free bbq plates while supplies last! Bring the whole family out to Cole Park Amphitheater and spend the evening with awesome local organizations, artists, and more. Additional information will be announced through the TABPHE-CC website.
Sponsored by Trap House Kitchen, the Juneteenth Cookout will be held onsite at the Trap House Kitchen and will feature live music. More information will be announced on the TABPHE-CC website.