Juneteenth

Austin
9:01 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Three Ways Black Austin is Rebuilding a Sense of Community

In Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza, "Rhapsody," a 50 foot mosaic mural, depicts the legacy of African American culture and community on East 11th Street.
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The process of desegregation in Austin began in the 1950's. Blacks were no longer bound to live in one part of town and that allowed people to move into different neighborhoods. But some African-Americans left Austin completely. 

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Juneteenth
2:29 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Video: The Struggle to Preserve East Austin's Black Heritage

Harold McMillan has been involved in Austin's art and music community for the past 20 years.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Yesterday was Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 that Texas slaves learned they were free.

To mark the occasion, this week KUT News has explored the changing landscape of African-American community here in Central Texas.

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Health
1:38 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Austin African-Americans Face Mental Health Care Barriers

Some mental health professionals have found difficulty among African American in Austin. The Hogg Foundation is looking to address concerns of both patients and caregivers.
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Yesterday was Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates progress and societal advancement of African-Americans in Texas. While there is plenty to celebrate, some advocates in Austin are still trying to promote mental health and overcome treatment barriers for African-Americans in Austin.

And, although African-Americans are just as likely to encounter mental health problems as the rest of the population, there are fewer options when it comes to seeking help.  

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First Person
12:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Watch: What It's Like to Be a Black Student on a Mostly White Austin Campus

As a student at UT, Nneka Waturoucha has found that her time in Austin has made her more accepting.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

To celebrate Juneteenth, KUT News is bringing you voices from Austin's black community. 

Nneka Waturoucha is a 19-year-old University of Texas student. Her father is American and her mother is Nigerian. While she grew up around minority communities in Houston, she’s still assimilating into the predominately white West Campus area.

Juneteenth
4:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

First Person: Young, Black and Hispanic in Austin

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

To celebrate Juneteenth, KUT News is bringing you voices from Austin's black community on their past, present and future.

Carlos Wilson is a young Austinite whose heritage is rooted in Central America. 

"I imagine that people aren't going to care about what your heritage is and they're just going to think that we're all the same in the future."

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Juneteenth
12:19 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Austin History Center's Juneteenth Tour of African-American Heritage

Cynthia Evans holds a newspaper announcing commencement at Anderson High School, Austin's first school for African-American students.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

A series of Juneteenth celebrations kicked off this weekend, celebrating the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned they were free. To honor these celebrations, KUT News is telling a series of stories about the history of the African-American community in Austin. 

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Austin
2:02 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Street Closure Map: 2013 ROT Rally and Juneteenth Parade

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The Republic of Texas (ROT) Motorcycle Rally comes to Austin for the 18th time this weekend. It kicks off Thursday morning at the Travis County Expo Center and runs until noon on Sunday.

Several roads close early Friday evening for the event, including Congress Avenue between East 11th Street and Cesar Chavez Street. The ROT Rally Parade will also close roads from the Travis County Expo Center to downtown, beginning around 8 p.m. Friday.

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Austin
12:59 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Video and Pictures: Austin's 2012 Juneteenth Parade

A couple younger participants in today's Juneteenth parade.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Thousands of residents lined Chicon Street this morning to celebrate Juneteenth, when the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves came to be enforced in Texas.

Nathan Robertson was one participant. He’s lived in East Austin all his life. Robertson says it’s important for him to acknowledge the historical importance of the day, and that the parade offers a chance to catch up with old friends.

“We see people we haven’t seen in a while because of work and church and school,” Robertson says. “You know, you get in your routine and don’t see people. But we come out here and we can see people we haven’t seen in a year.”

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AM Update 6/19/12
6:46 am
Tue June 19, 2012

AM Update: STAAR Heads to Public Ed Committee, Hasan Trial Delay, Juneteenth Celebration

The House Public Education Committee will discuss the STAAR exam today.
KUT News

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on STAAR Implementation

State lawmakers will get an update today on how the rollout of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, known as STAAR, went this spring. The exam is the state’s latest school accountability test.

Figures released this month indicated that many Texas ninth graders performed poorly on the test. As the Texas Tribune previously reported, “This year, the scores on the exams don’t count toward high school students’ final grades or toward school districts’ accountability ratings. But a requirement that students retake a test if they do not achieve a minimum score remains in place.” So due to low scores, many students will retake exams this summer.

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Austin
12:21 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Map: Juneteenth Parade in East Austin

Austin's 16th annual Juneteenth Parade gets underway Tuesday.
KUT News

Tuesday, June 19th marks the 147th anniversary of Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery in Texas.

To celebrate the day, when enforcement of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, a parade will wind its way through east Austin.

It’s the 16th annual parade put on by the volunteer-based Juneteenth Committee. For coordinator Gwendolyn Doyle, the event is more than a simple celebration.

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AM Update
8:06 am
Fri June 15, 2012

AM Update: Texas Earthquake, Juneteenth Celebrations, Heat Burn OKC

Juneteenth 2010 parades through Austin; Earthquake strikes north Texas; Kevin Durant leads Thunder with 32 points.
Mose Buchele, KUT News; Photo courtesy US Geological Survey; Photo by Layne Murdoch NBAE

North Texas Tremor

An earthquake shook part of North Texas early this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.1 magnitude earthquake happened about 16 miles south of Fort Worth and just over 150 miles north of Austin.

The local sheriff’s office says so far there are no reports of injuries or damage.

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News Brief
5:42 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 17, 2011

The City of Austin breaks ground today on its African American Cultural and Heritage Facility.
Drawing courtesy of the City of Austin.

Groundbreaking for African American Cultural Facility

The City of Austin is inviting people to celebrate Juneteenth at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the city’s African American Cultural and Heritage Facility.  It’s going to be built on 912 East 11th Street and includes the restoration of the historic Dedrick-Hamilton House, which was home to the family of one of the first freed slaves in Travis County. 

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