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Cycle through Black history on Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by Tai Moses

Photo by Tamir Kalifa

What better way to celebrate Juneteenth than with a history tour of Black Central East Austin – by bicycle. The Juneteenth Social Ride, hosted by Black History Bike Ride – founded by Austin resident Talib Abdullahi – is “an effort to preserve Austin’s history while pushing forward on the social justice movement sparked last year after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.” Participants will make stops at the Clarksville landmark Haskell House, the Barbara Jordan statue, Huston-Tillotson University, Oakwood Cemetery, the Victory Grill and more. Said Abdullahi, “As a Black man who has lived in Austin for over 12 years, I have noticed that there could be a lot more awareness about the local Black community history by a lot of residents generally in Austin. So my hope initially was just to take my personal friends out, and the word accidentally got out. It turns out a lot of other people wanted to learn about these things and also do it on a bike.” The ride starts at the Texas African American Memorial, just west of 11th Street and Congress Avenue on the Texas Capitol grounds. Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m.

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