Beyond Juneteenth Events
The Beyond Juneteenth initiative will feature several events throughout the year - please check back frequently for updates!
City of Tucson Juneteenth Events
The City of Tucson is excited to celebrate Juneteenth! Please join us as we honor Juneteenth with a week's worth of events!
To the left are the details for the week. Celebrate with the Tucson Community all weekend or choose the events you want to join!
Visit tucsonjune19.org for more information.
Tucson 53rd Annual Juneteenth Festival - Celebrate Freedom
Date & Time: Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Kino Sports Complex - 2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ
Making of Black America: Through the Grapevine - FREE SCREENING
Date & Time: Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema - 3233 East Speedway Boulevard Tucson, AZ
Tucson Juneteenth Festival Inc. Annual Gospel Jubilee and Music Fest
Date & Time: Sunday, June 11, 2023
- Lunch and Fellowship from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- Concert from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Pima College West Campus Proscenium Theater - 2202 West Anklam Rd Tucson, AZ
The Juneteenth Kickoff Celebration Featuring Evelyn "Champagne" King
Date & Time: Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Location: The Dunbar Pavilion - 325 W 2nd St, Tucson, AZ
“Out of this World: Afrofuturist Expressions Across Science, Art, Tech and Design”
The Black Faculty Speaker Series will create a campus culture in which Black thought, experience, and creativity are visible and vital. Each visiting speaker provides a unique voice and perspective on Black futurity.
Afrofuturism is this year’s theme for the Black Faculty Speaker Series. It is an orientation or a way of thinking that defies simple classification. It is expansive, interdisciplinary, and revolutionary beyond conventional notions of resistance. Afrofuturism’s practitioners blend imagination, research, experimentation, and Black ancestral knowledge to invent worlds that transcend our present condition and fuel new possibilities for a more just and sustainable planet.
Ibrahim Thiaw, United Nations, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - Environmental Justice: Seeding the Ground, Planting New Roots
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
12:00pm Student Lunch and Fireside Chat (Limited to Students Only – only 10 spots left!)
Location: Honors Village Amphitheater - 1101 East Mabel Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
4:00pm Keynote & Reception (Open to all)
Location: Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom, Level 3 - 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, African American Studies Professor & Director of Graduate Affairs
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (Open to All!)
FREE Viral Justice books for the first 200 attendees!
5:30pm Keynote Address
6:30pm Book Signing
Location: Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) – Main Floor; 1670 E Drachman St, Tucson, AZ 85721
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023 (Limited to Students Only)
12:00pm Fireside Chat & Student Lunch
Location: Slonaker House - 1027 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Silas Munro, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Faculty Co-Chair - “Future Forces of History”
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
- 11:30 am Student Fireside Chat & Lunch (Limited to Students Only)
Location: Slonaker House - 1027 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
- 5:00 pm Keynote Address & Reception (Open to all)
Location: Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center, Level 3 - 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
The UArizona Data Science Institute is hosting a free screening and panel discussion for the documentary, Coded Bias (2020), directed by Shalini Kantayya. Coded Bias shines the light on the biases within AI. Facial recognition tech did not work until Joy Buolamwini put on a white mask. Seating is limited. Free snacks will be provided. Open to UArizona students, faculty, and staff.
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Main Library CATalyst Data Studio B201 - 1510 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721
Please join the Beyond Juneteenth Committee at an in-person reception and lecture with Dr. Julian Lim as she discusses Black Migrations in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Lecture at 4 p.m., Reception at 5 p.m.)
Location: Arizona Historical Society - 949 E 2nd St Tucson, AZ 85719
Arizona Public Media and the Beyond Juneteenth committee presents a screening and discussion of the new documentary, BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS featuring panelists from the University of Arizona.
About the film:
BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS explores the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery transformed himself into one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. A co-production of Firelight Films and Maryland Public Television (MPT), the film is executive produced by Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson and produced and directed by Nelson and Nicole London.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Environmental & Natural Resources Building 1064 East Lowell Street Tucson, AZ 85719
This event is free but registration is required. Complimentary parking is available in the 6th Street garage (1201 E 6th Street).
The University of Arizona Beyond Juneteenth Committee has partnered with Arizona Public Media to provide the following virtual screening for the film Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World.
About the program:
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop's political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators, he tracks Hip Hop's socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."
This is a FREE event and opened to all who register at the link below. All attendees must enroll to attend the virtual film screening.
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. MST via Zoom
Join us for the 37th Annual MLK Celebration in Tucson!
Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
Parade from UArizona "The Bridge" to 36th St & MLK Jr. Way
Time: 8 a.m.
Celebration at Reid Park
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Ladies of Lambda Alpha Sigma Alumnae Chapter are excited to celebrate this once in a lifetime CENTENNIAL weekend! Join us as we ring in Founders' Day with a weekend full of events!
To the left are the details for the weekend. You can celebrate with us all weekend or choose the events you want to join! There are 50 weekend packages available for purchase and LIMITED a la carte event tickets. See the flyers and details below for more information.
A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will support scholarships for Rhoyal Legacy Foundation, Inc. *Tax donation letters will be emailed Dec. 2022.
*Sponsorships are available for purchase* Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information for sponsorship opportunities.
Date: Friday, November 11, 2022 - Sunday, November 13, 2022
The Beyond Juneteenth Committee is hosting a virtual panel discussion exploring themes of Afrofuturism and imagining Black futures in relation to Black Pioneers of the West and Black Panther's Wakanda Forever. The discussion will be led by two masterful Black Arizona faculty:
Dr. Bryan Carter, University of Arizona, Associate Professor, Africana Studies
Dr. Anthony Pratcher II, Arizona State University, Itinerant Historian and Professor, Barrett Honors College
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The theme of this year's Beyond Juneteenth program is "Getting to Know Black Arizona." As part of this theme, we will be spotlighting the fantastic work of the following Black faculty from across campus with an interesting mix of perspectives:
Dawn Demps, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice
Jerome Dotson, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Michael Johnson, Assistant Professor, Immunobiology
Obenewaa Oduro-Opuni, Assistant Professor, German Studies
The Tucson Juneteenth Festival is celebrating 52 years in Southern Arizona! The event commemorates a momentous day in U.S. history marking the end of slavery two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The event also recognizes and appreciates our amazing Black community members! The University of Arizona is proud to be the Freedom sponsor of the 2022 festival.
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Park, 3357 S. La Cholla Blvd.