A Guide to Juneteenth Events in Corpus Christi - The Bend Magazine

A Guide to Juneteenth Events in Corpus Christi

From live music and martial arts to dinners and dances, here's how Corpus Christi is celebrating Juneteenth this year

Photo Provided by TABPHE-CC & Debbie Noble

Beginning on June 9th, the sixteenth annual 10 Days of Emancipation Juneteenth Celebration, led by members of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Corpus Christi alongside other local organizations, will kickoff a celebration of the holiday. 

The significance of the ten day celebration leading up to the June 19th holiday is commemorative of the ten days it took Major General Gordon Granger to ride to Galveston, Texas where he would read and announce the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This order informed Texans of the Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, thereby freeing all slaves. It was then that Juneteenth was born, annually commemorating the freeing of slaves, with Texas being the first state to declare the celebration a state holiday.

Events will kick off on Thursday, June 9th from 4pm to 7pm at Solomon Coles High School, located at 924 Winnebago Street, Corpus Christi, Texas. The kickoff will showcase all participating organizations, provide educational materials regarding Juneteenth as a new national holiday, and also include a dance class to showcase the upcoming Zydeco dance schedule on June 17th.

The schedule of events is as follows:

June 9th

Juneteenth 2022 Kickoff

Will kick off the 10 Days of Juneteenth festivities with networking, fellowship, hors doeuvres, and line dancing lessons by Empire Fitness & Wellness. 

4:00PM to 7:00PM at Solomon M. Coles Assembly Hall, 924 Winnebago St.

June 10th

Juneteenth Spoken Word Night Hosted by Millionaire Mo!

Eight local poets and social entrepreneurs performing spoken word pieces over important social issues faced around the world.

6:00PM to 8:00PM at Coral Bean Cafe, 7426 S. Staples St.

June 11th

Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Mixer

Recognition and honoring of Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients.

3:00PM to 5:00PM at Coral Bean Cafe, 7426 S. Staples St.

June 12th

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Day of Service

Juneteenth Observance Day of Service hosted by Pastor C.W. Hall and congregation. All are welcome!

Services begin at 10:30AM at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Church.

Juneteenth “Black Wall Street”

Featuring Cadillac Muzlik performing live, sponsored by Curly Girl Cooking.

4:00PM to 8:00PM at Lazy Beach Brewing.

June 14th

Reducing the Impact of Trauma in Children of Color Zoom Presentation

At this lunch and learn presentation, participants will receive an overview of how early experiences at home, in the school, and community shape children’s brains and engage in highlighting the strengths in their community. Additionally, information on strategies for buffering the trauma in children of color sponsored by Mrs. Sherry Peterson, M.S., Ed. and United Way of the Coastal Bend.

11:30AM to 1:00PM on zoom at https://bit.ly/37KFGPZ

June 15th

C.C. Black Chamber of Commerce “State of the Black Businesses Luncheon”

Guest speaker Mr. Charles O’Neal, President and CEO of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce will address the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce. For tickets or sponsorship information visit here.

11:30AM to 1:00PM at the Boys and Girls CLub of the Coastal Bend, 3902 Greenwood Dr.

June 16th

Lunch & Learn: For Better Living Featuring Health Fitness Wealth Business

History lesson and martial arts presentation showcasing the importance of how black people can benefit from taking martial arts to understand discipline and staying on the defense from the attack that comes due to the color of their skin. Health and Wellness Southern Home Cooked Meal provided by Curly Girls.

12:00PM to 4:00PM at 1011 Louisiana Ave. (behind Neely Print Shop)

Easing the Mental Health Issues Impacting the African American Community

Guest speakers Ms. Katrine Barnes, LMSW, Dr. Nephaterria Harris, Ph.D., LPC, Mrs. Mirakal McGill, LPC-A, Ms. Melica Wiley, M.S., LMFT, and Ms. Charelle McNary, LMSW will hold a panel discussion covering topics like stress, trauma, family violence, grief, and anxiety.

6:00PM to 7:30PM at Del Mar Retama Room in the E.L. Harvin Center – Heritage Campus

June 17th

Juneteenth Black and White Dinner and Dance

Accommodations and tickets available online only online featuring Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers.

8:00PM to 12:00AM at the Omni Hotel Nueces Ballroom

June 18th

Corpus Christi Juneteenth Festival and Ride for Freedom to Water’s Edge Park

Featuring CUPID (of Cupid Shuffle), Charlie Boy, and Bayou City Brass Band, with food trucks, social services, medical screenings, kids zone, and much more fun for the family. Bring your chairs and blankets! Ride for Freedom will report to Whataburger Field parking lot at 11:00AM for lineup. For more information call (281) 744-5060 or email hope@esperanzadetejas.com.

June 19th

Calvary First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi Day of Service

Juneteenth Day of Service sponsored by Bishop Charles Richardson, Sr. and congregation. All are welcome!

Service begins at 10:30AM at Calvary First Baptist Church, 2906 Carver Dr.

Juneteenth for the Crest Family Fun Day

Fun for the whole family with free barbecue, music, fun, and games. All are welcome!

Begins at 3:00PM at Dr. H.J. Williams Memorial Park (Hillcrest Park), 1506 Minton St.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Have an event you don’t see listed below? Email tyler@thebendmag.com event details and we’ll get the information added!