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.)

https://htu.edu/47494/community-easter-egg-hunt

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. www.covidtests.gov

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!

 


“CELEBRATING KWANZAA, CELEBRATING COMMUNITY” (excerpt)

— 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 (childrensdefense.org)

Habari Gani? What’s the News?

Kuumba (koo-oom-bah)!

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

kuumba

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!

Habari Gani? What’s the News?

Ujamaa (oo-ja-mah)!

On the fourth day of Kwanzaa, December 29, we celebrate Cooperative Economics.ujamaa

To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Two interlocking half circles – the Nsibidi symbol of togetherness and family.

Today we light a red candle symbolizing Ujamaa, 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?

Ujima (oo-gee-mah)!

On the third day of Kwanzaa, December 28, we celebrate Collective Work & Responsibility.ujima

To build and maintain our community together and make our sibling’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Akoma ntoaso – the Adinkra symbol of shared effort and obligation

Today we light a green candle symbolizing Ujima, 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?

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-lee-ah)!

On the second day of Kwanzaa, December 27, we celebrate self-determination.Kujichagulia

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ahenwa, the Akan throne, is symbol of national identity, cultural groundedness and rightful governance.

Today we light a red candle symbolizing Kujichagulia, 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!