June Events in DFW: Unity Weekend, Arlington Jubilee – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Fort Worth activist Opal Lee speaks with President Joe Biden after he signed the June 16 National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021.  Lee was instrumental in efforts to make June 16 a federal holiday.

Fort Worth activist Opal Lee speaks with President Joe Biden after he signed the June 16 National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021. Lee was instrumental in efforts to make June 16 a federal holiday.


Fueled by the tireless work of Fort Worth civil rights activist Opal Lee, June 16 became a national holiday last year.

Lee, now 95, walked 1,400 miles from Fort Worth to Washington in 2016 and started an online petition to get Congress to declare June 19 a federal holiday.

Lee’s dream became a reality last June when June 16 became the first public holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. She joined President Joe Biden in Washington to celebrate the historic occasion.

Juneteenth celebrates the June 19, 1865 announcement proclaiming the freedom of slaves in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Now the rest of the nation will join Texas to celebrate this special day in June, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Dallas-Fort Worth celebrates the holiday with many special events, festivals and exhibitions in the area.

Here are some ways you can join the celebration.

“Black Every Day” by Amon Carter

This special exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art showcases over a century of photographic images of Black Americans from the museum’s collection.

Black Every Day explores the richness of black culture represented through themed sections such as family, community, work and excellence. The images highlight various aspects of black everyday life as captured by photographers.

The exhibition shows people gathering, working and worshiping while focusing on moments in black life that often go unnoticed.

The collection includes images by obscure photographers as well as iconic works by artists such as Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and James Van Der Zee.

When where: Through September 11, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth TX 76107

Entry: Free

Hours: Sunday, 12pm-5pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm

More information: cartermuseum.org, 817-738-1933

Unity weekend on June 16th in Dallas

More than 20,000 people are expected to gather in Dallas to celebrate the contributions of Black LGBTQ people to American culture.

The annual Juneteenth Unity Weekend hosted by Dallas Southern Pride features health and wellness screenings, COVID-19 vaccinations, a festival, pool party, Emancipation Ball and concerts featuring top artists including Dallas, Yella Beezy and Erica Banks .

The event celebrates the second annual recognition of June 16 as a national holiday and the declaration of the second year of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Unity Weekend also serves as an inclusive networking opportunity for professionals, as well as a forum to address inequalities in health and social justice while celebrating freedom through arts, music and culture festivals.

When where: June 16-20, locations near Dallas

Costs: Tickets start from $10 for various events, concerts; Go to eventbrite.com and search for Juneteenth Unity Weekend

More information: dallasouthernpride.com

“Gathering” at Kinfolk House

The Kinfolk House, a new collaborative art space in a historic 100-year-old home in Fort Worth’s Polytechnic District, has opened its second exhibition with Congregate.

Congregate, featuring works by three Texas-born artists, explores the importance of community along with the isolation many have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kinfolk House challenged artists to address specific themes while illustrating community through their works, including what constitutes a community and the joys and struggles of trying to hold a community together.

Owned by artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby, Kinfolk House was inspired by Sedrick’s grandmother and original homeowner Hallie Beatrice Carpenter.

The Huckabies strive to elevate the predominantly Black and Hispanic area of ​​the Polytechnic and inspire creativity through culture and the arts while bringing people together in a common place.

When where: Until July 30, Kinfolk House, 1913 Wallace Street, Fort Worth TX 76105

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm; Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm

More information: www.kinfolkhouse.org

Arlington Juneteenth Jubilee

The second annual event features live music and poetry readings, dancing, shopping and food trucks designed to nourish the mind, body and soul.

Most activities take place in downtown Arlington and are free to the public.

The three-day event, scheduled for June 17-19, also includes activities previously planned for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in Arlington, which was postponed from January due to the pandemic.

The anniversary begins on Friday, June 17 with a reception and screening of “A Place of Our Own,” the first episode of a new documentary about black residents of a small Arlington community known as “The Hill.”

The episode of Echoes from the Hill includes photos and interviews with black residents and their descendants who lived in the community.

Ticket information for the 7:00 p.m. screening at the Arlington ISD Center for Visual and Performing Arts is available at echoesfromthehill.com.

Saturday includes an MLK Day of Service and Festival, as well as an arts festival on Main Street and free music at the Levitt Pavilion Arlington.

The anniversary will conclude on Sunday with an MLK service at the Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m., followed by further live music performances at the Levitt Pavilion from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

When where: June 17-19, downtown Arlington, other locations

Costs: Most events are free; “A Place of Our Own” Friday Screening, $20

More information: arlingtontx.gov/residents/events/juneteenth

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