July 22, 2024
Long before Americans began to officially commemorate Juneteenth, in the heat of East Texas, saddles were being cinched, buckles shined, and lassoes adjusted for a day on the Black rodeo circuit in honor of the holiday. In the late 1970s, as they had been doing for generations, Black communities across the region held local rodeos for the talented cowboys and cowgirls who were segregated from the mainstream circuit. It was to these vibrant community events that bestselling Texas writer Sarah Bird, then a young photojournalist, found herself drawn. Join us to hear more about the story of the Black rodeo circuit and the fascinating culture that thrived within it.Presenter: Sarah Bird is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and essay collections. She is a NPR Moth storyteller, a winner of the Meryl Streep screenwriting competition, a Texas Institute of Letters Lifetime Achievement winner, an ALEX award winner, a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, a finalist for the Dublin International Literary Award, and the hologram greeter for the Austin Central Library.Date: Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. CentralPlatform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link in their registration confirmation email and a follow up email to attend closer to the event date. Please watch your spam/junk folders!)Cost: Free (Donations in support of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission are welcome and appreciated!)