NWA Juneteenth Celebration

The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Celebrating Juneteenth at the U of A

The University of Arkansas, U of A African-American Resource Group, and the Juneteenth Planning Committee invite the community, friends and family to celebrate our annual Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebrations, which commemorate the anniversary of African American emancipation. The event features an old-fashioned cookout, live performances, activities and playground for kids, free health fair with screenings including medical and dental from the NWA Community Clinic, musical entertainment and more.

Juneteenth is a family-oriented event. Select organizations will host youth activities every year such as RunJumpThrow, a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. The University of Arkansas Police Department hosts games for all ages including a dunk tank, 3 Point shot and football throw. There are other games and inflatables for the kids including ice cream, and much, much, more!


Interested in volunteering? We have separate registrations for group volunteers vs. individual volunteers. If your group would like to volunteer, you will identify the area of which your group will be responsible for providing volunteers for the allotted period of time and the number of volunteers identified. You will be able to indicate your preference on the registration form. If you have any question please email us at aarg@uark.edu.

Register to Volunteer


The 2019 Juneteenth celebration is in need of exhibitors. Organizations are asked to identify one point of contact who will be provided the information regarding being an exhibitor. Please note, electricity is not provided.  

Register to be an Exhibitor


Annual expressions of philanthropy from the community

Individuals as well as businesses and organizations in Northwest Arkansas are able to honor the traditions of Juneteenth. Your contribution enables us to bring together a multitude of families throughout Northwest Arkansas in celebration of African American freedom through a strong emphasis on scholarships and responsible community citizenship.

What your sponsorship supports and our goals

Juneteenth, also known as the “African American Emancipation Day,” originated in Galveston, Texas in1865, and is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Juneteenth celebrations around the United States emphasize African American freedom and education, and are marked with picnics, family gatherings, and guest speakers. The University of Arkansas has chosen to host a community-wide picnic with local and regional entertainment artists, musicians, carnival games for the children, and vendors. We are looking to host an estimated 1,000 attendees at next year’s event and plan to reward several deserving students at the University of Arkansas with book scholarships to assist them towards attaining their college degree.

Sponsorship Levels

Gold - $1000 & Up Contribution

  • Company logo on promotional items and media for Juneteenth
  • Featured as Gold Sponsor at Juneteenth event
  • Recognition at Juneteenth Celebration Event
  • Logo/URL Link displayed on Juneteenth web site
  • Large company logo on Juneteenth T-Shirt

Silver - $500 Contribution

  • Company Logo on promotional items and media for Juneteenth events
  • Featured as Silver Sponsor at Juneteenth event
  • Recognition at Juneteenth Celebration Event
  • Small company logo displayed on Juneteenth T-Shirt
  • Company name displayed on Juneteenth web site

To become a sponsor, please complete the Sponsor Registration Form, and follow the instructions below for payment.

Please make checks out to:
University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc.

Mail Checks to:
UA Office of Equal Opportunity & Compliance
4 West Avenue Annex
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

If you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Danielle Wood-Williams at 479-575-4825 or by email at dlw11@uark.edu to confirm your organization’s participation with this year’s event.

What is Juneteenth?

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Major General Gordon Granger and the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing. For more information visit: Juneteenth.Com




Juneteenth Logo

2018 Juneteenth Event Sponsors

  • J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • African and African American Studies Department
  • College of Engineering
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
  • Office for Diversity and Inclusion – Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • Office for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Black Alumni Society
  • University of Arkansas Police Department
  • Division of Student Affairs


Photos from the 2018 Celebration