This week, the RTC invited inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries, Claytee White, to present on the significance and history of Juneteenth and why it matters to the Las Vegas community.
Ms. White dove into the history of Juneteenth dating back to 1865 and took the RTC on a ride through our community from when our city was first developed to the construction of Hoover Dam and founding of the Historic Westside. The discussion made it clear how Black Americans have strongly influenced Southern Nevada throughout history.
Check out some highlights!
If you are looking for some additional ways to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, there are several fun, educational and cultural events taking place June 17 through June 21.
- Clark County’s Juneteenth in the 106 – June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- The celebration will include hands-on activities, performances, social services and cultural organizations.
- Nevada Arts Council’s Mend A City: The Movement Juneteenth 2022 – June 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Experience three poets perform in remembrance of Juneteenth
- Annual Juneteenth Festival at World Market Center – June 18-21 from 5 to 9 p.m.
- Celebrate with music, art, dance, rhythm and culture.
- Discovery Children’s Museum – June 18 at 10 a.m.
- The Discovery Children’s Museum will be celebrating Juneteenth with a flag raising ceremony, music and special art workshops honoring Juneteenth.