Museum Day! Freedom Schools Pop Up at the Austin History Center

Austin Museum Day

Freedom Schools! Join us Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 2 pm to 3pm at the Austin History Center for Austin Museum Day. Admission is free!  (Note AHC is open from 12pm – 4pm. CDF Freedom Schools Austin will meet up at 2pm, but you can arrive at any time during their open hours.)

The museum will have light refreshments for visitors but be sure to eat lunch on your own before you arrive.

No registration required to attend (but we’d love it if you can let Ms Simone know that you’re planning to attend so she knows to look out for you. RSVP here:

Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe St., (512) 974-7385
Facebook: @AustinHistoryCenter Instagram: @austinhistorycenter

Along with two new exhibits, AHC will have activities for kids and families including Zine and printmaking, refreshments, a “Preservation Station” to show you how to preserve your family’s history and more!

(Scholars may remember our summer Read Aloud Guest Dr. Jacqueline Smith-Francis, African-American Community Archivist, Austin History Center | Austin Public Library. She read the book The 1619 Project: Born on the Water this summer during CDF Freedom Schools Austin. Special thank you to Dr. Jacqueline for inviting us to visit the Austin History Center for Museum Day.)

Want to make it a full Sunday Fun Day family outing? (We know that learning is fun!) Here are some ideas to choose from:

Free show tickets! See performance of SW!NG OUT

We’ve been gifted complimentary (free) tickets to a performance of SW!NG OUT on Friday, September 16, 7:30PM at Bass Concert Hall (UT Austin), 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712

Ticket holders can also attend (optional) a pre-performance discussion with company members at 6:45 pm in Bass Concert Hall – Level 6.

CDF Freedom Schools Austin, N2N, and Welcome Table, please submit a request for tickets if you’re interested in being added to our guest list. Sign up now. Supplies are limited. Sign up here:

Acclaimed choreographer and Dance Magazine cover star Caleb Teicher brings the thrill of the swing dance world to Bass Concert Hall for their Austin debut. With live music by the acclaimed Eyal Vilner Big Band, Lindy Hop champions use the joy, fire, and fight of competitive and social swing dance as a launching pad to explore and subvert traditional gender roles. The audience is invited to join the action in the second half for an onstage social dancing experience called The Jam. The New York Times urges “If you need a break, take one. Swing it out.”


Rock the Park, Saturday, May 13

Rock the ParkJoin Freedom Schools for a family night out at Rock the Park – KUTX outdoor concert at Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723, featuring SaulPaul 6:45 pm and Classic Hip Hop Live 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 13 (rain date: Saturday, May 20)

(As a past guest during our summer program, SaulPaul is no stranger to CDF Freedom Schools Austin. And Classic Hip Hop Live artist scholar emcee Bavu Blakes will visit us this summer—he has also generously donated copies of his book for our summer 2022 scholars.)

Arrive early at 4:30 pm for a Freedom Schools meetup and playdate before the show. (It’s a great park! We’ll even bring some hip-hop themed books to read.) Bring a blanket or sit on one of ours (chairs aren’t allowed, but you can bring stadium cushions or pillows). We’ll provide some snacks and cold water, but feel free to bring your own picnic basket (coolers are allowed, glass containers and alcohol are not). Food trucks will also be available.

This will be a fun evening in the park, where scholars, and their parents and families, can show off their moves dancing to new and iconic hip hop music.

Volunteers interested in arriving early (around 4pm) to help us set up blankets and snacks, and save space for our families in the park, please let us know. Sign up here.

Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Huston-Tillotson University Ambassadors

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10 AM
Huston-Tillotson University Campus
900 Chicon St
Austin TX 78702
Enter on Chalmers Avenue.

Fun for the entire family!

Bring your own basket. Age divisions. Candy. Meaning of Easter story time. Prize eggs, including a scholarship prize golden egg. (There are also some prize eggs that allow winners to choose their own book, donated by CDF Freedom Schools Austin.)

Black History Month Kids Day at the Carver Museum

Join Freedom Schools on February 26 at the Carver Museum Freedom Schools’ in the house.

Join us as we introduce author illustrator Don Tate, during the Carver Museum’s Black History Month Kids Day! Saturday, February 26, 11am to 3pm.

We’re excited to drop everything and read a copy of his book Swish: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters.

The event, which features lots of activities for all ages, is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit: Black History Month Kids’ Day! Tickets, Sat, Feb 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Free At-Home Covid Tests

Hey, It’s Announcements!

Free test kits mailed to you

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

African American Youth Harvest Foundation has FREE at-home Covid Test Kits in Austin

AAYHF still has COVID-19 Home Test Kits available for FREE while supplies last until May 2022!

Let them know you’re stopping by our office to pick up, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm.

Limit 5 per family.

Register with this link: REGISTER HERE!

AAYHF Office

6633 Hwy 290 E., #307, Austin, TX 78723

email: [email protected]

AAYHF Covid Vaccine Clinic

The African American Youth Harvest Foundation has a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic that’s open Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm,

AAYHF Office 6633 Hwy 290 E., #307/303, Austin, TX 78723

A $25 HEB gift card will be given to first time vaccinations after completing a survey.

Habari Gani? What’s the News?

Imani (ee-mah-nee)!

On the seventh day of Kwanzaa, January 1, we celebrate Faith.imani

To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

The ancient Egyptian double symbol of the ankh (life) and djed pillar (stability, endurance) serves here as a symbol of steadfastness in commitment to the Good, the Right, and the Beautiful in life

Today we light a green candle symbolizing Imani, one of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) that represent a guide for daily living to be practiced throughout the year.

Harambee! Let’s all pull together!



— by Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of CDF

“The New Year is marked with many kinds of celebrations, but for Black families and communities who celebrate Kwanzaa from December 26-January 1, every New Year’s Day marks a renewed dedication to community. Kwanzaa is a unique celebration because it is not a religious or a national holiday but a cultural one, and it doesn’t celebrate a person or an event but a set of ideas….

…During that final Day of Meditation in Kwanzaa, people are supposed to ask themselves three questions: “Who am I? Am I really who I say I am? And am I all I ought to be?” Everyone answers these questions as an individual, but their answers should reflect how well they are playing their part in making their community function as a whole. A person’s success is deeply connected to how much value they are giving to others. At a time when our children desperately need adults to reweave the fabric of community for them, many of us need to ask ourselves the same questions. Think about how you might answer these questions—and how your own community might answer them, or how our nation would.

Are we all that we ought to be?”

Read the full essay here: “CELEBRATING KWANZAA, CELEBRATING COMMUNITY” — Children’s Defense Fund (

Habari Gani? What’s the News?

Kuumba (koo-oom-bah)!

On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, December 31, we celebrate Creativity.


To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

The seven vibrations of divine creation – the Dogon symbol of creativity

Today we light a red candle symbolizing Kuumba, one of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) that represent a guide for daily living to be practiced throughout the year.

Harambee! Let’s all pull together!

Habari Gani? What’s the News?

Nia (nee-ah)!

On the fifth day of Kwanzaa, December 30, we celebrate Purpose.nia

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

The heiroglyph Nefer – Ancient Egyptian symbol of beauty and good.

Today we light a green candle symbolizing Nia, one of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) that represent a guide for daily living to be practiced throughout the year.

Harambee! Let’s all pull together!