"free/conjure/black": A national virtual salon about Black freedom

An afternoon of creative experiments and ideas featuring artists, scholars, & cultural organizers who are actively advancing black freedom. About this Event free/conjure/black is a communal mediation, a spirit-sourced intervention, a virtual ring shout calling forth a perpetual and inevitable throughline of prismatic black freedom. free/conjure/black centers the rich legacy of the Weeksville community and movements for black sovereignty in the United States. Join the Weeksville Heritage Center's Coalition of Theaters of Color, Artist in Residence, creator, curator, moderator, and founder/CEO of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Ebony Noelle Golden on Sunday, June 28th from 11:30AM-4:30PM, for an afternoon of creative experiments and ideas featuring artists, scholars, and cultural organizers who are actively advancing the movement for black freedom now. Schedule of Events 11:30am Weeksville Video & Welcome by Rob Fields, President & Executive Director of Weeksville Herit…

#JUNETEENTH: Creating Legacy in Contested Places

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Juneteenth Reading List

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The TXFC Project is Celebrating Juneteenth at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture!

JUNETEENTH: Creating Legacy in Contested PlacesWe will examine the artful negotiations of formerly enslaved African Americans and celebrate the persistent pursuit of freedom.
Join us as we examine the artful negotiations of African Americans in the aftermath of the Civil War and news of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation finally reaching enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. The date is historically known as Juneteenth, celebrating emancipation and a new dawn for African Americans.
The program will include music from Rootstock Republic, premiering a new arrangement of "Strange Fruit" made famous by Billie Holiday, an engaging dialogue with Chef and Historian Therese Nelson, Dr. Andrea Roberts, founder of Texas Freedom Colonies Project and two descendants of Texas's Freedom Colonies, and a celebration of Juneteenth through food with Chef and TV personality Carla Hall, author of Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World.
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TXFC Project holds Intergenerational Dialogue on Protest, Juneteenth, COVID, & Black Settlement Heritage

Mass incarceration, values, faith, activism, heritage, Juneteenth celebrations, and ways to organize your community during COVID...all part of our amazing, talk. We posted highlights, but here is the whole event. The Texas Freedom Colonies Project would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who tried to tune in with us this morning during our monthly Coffee Talk as we experienced numerous technical difficulties. We are pleased to have here the FULL interview conducted by Schuyler Carter and Dr. Andrea Roberts with Sam Collins of Hitchcock, TX and Yolanda Bozant of Houston TX. The discussion was full of history, heritage and laughter. There were so many gems that we can all take to heart. Our guests talked with us about the origins of Juneteenth, the "Home of Juneteenth", Galveston, Texas, and the East Texas community of Geneva Texas. We also discussed some parallels between the current issues plaguing our community, COVID-19 & the persistent struggle for justice & …

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project Spring 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Greetings from the Texas Freedom Colonies Project!
While these past few months have brought a season of challenges for all, the TxFCP has continued our social justice work. The attached newsletter demonstrates how our work is dependent on public support to be successful, and that in spite of recent difficulties, we have continued to make significant progress towards our goals.

In this Spring issue you will find out about our national grant projects, our past events (in-person and virtual), our emerging scholars and publications, our upcoming events (Facebook Live Coffee Talk on June 10th at 10:00 AM CST!), and ways for you to get involved. Please take a few minutes to read what we've been up to and then share this newsletter with your friends, family, colleagues, and networks.

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Thank you for your interest and support!


A Letter from the Founder* on #BlackOutTuesday


(VIDEO) "DISCOVERING MY ROOTS DOWN HOME" Freedom Colony Descendant Story


(VIDEO) Watch Coffee Talk w/ Texas Freedom Colonies Project: Covid-19 and Black Funeral Homes in Texas

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Watch Coffee Talk w/ TxFCP: Covid-19 and Navigating Black Funerals