The University of Arkansas is Proposing a Juneteenth Celebration for the State of Arkansas

The yearly Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Event will be held in NWA this month, hosted by the University of Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Planning Committee.

History of the event

Juneteenth, commonly known as “African American Emancipation Day,” began in Galveston, Texas in 1865 and is the first acknowledged commemoration of slavery’s abolition.

Details of the event

Beginning on June 7 until June 19, a variety of in-person and online programs will take place throughout Northwest Arkansas county. Dr. Jeffery Murdock, the 2021 Grammy Award-winning associate professor of music therapy, Eric Benét, the very first female African American MasterChef season 10 winners, Dorian Hunter, and others will all feature prominently.

The Arkansas Black Film Exhibition

The Arkansas Black Film Exhibition will be held in Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, June 17th, sponsored by Crystal Bridges and the Arkansas Cinema Society. A presentation of Dreamland will be sponsored by DAY VISION Films, and a chat by Black filmmakers will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Crystal Bridges. The tickets are free and open to the public. To book, go to

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 18, the Arkansas Department of Health will hold a COVID-19 immunization clinic at The Gardens on the University of Arkansas institution. The ADH will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, and there is no need to register.

Activities to take place 

A mystery hunt, debates, music, grab-and-go freebies, and more are among the other activities planned.

All who wished to participate in the NWA Juneteenth Virtual Celebration on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, will get goodies.

Participants should enroll for the online Juneteenth Celebration at to receive goodies.

The gift bag pick-up will take place at The Gardens on the University of Alberta campus on Friday, June 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. As well, the Rogers Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 19 for goodie bag pickup. The bags will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit to enroll and view all of the happenings.

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