‘It points to the future’: Local nonprofit to raise awareness with upcoming Juneteenth event

‘Future is Freedom’ event to feature vendors, speakers and shed light on disparities marginalized communities face

SAN ANTONIO – Black Freedom Factory will be hosting the “Future is Freedom” Juneteenth celebration on Thursday. This year marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day enslaved Texans were officially proclaimed free.

Kimiya Factory is the executive director and founder of Black Freedom Factory. She founded the organization following the murder of George Floyd.

She believes Juneteenth is a way to reflect on the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future.

“I see this as celebrating the future of black people. We have triumphed over several obstacles in the history of the United States,” she said.

Factory said more work needs to be done to cultivate racial equity in the Alamo City.

“There are several obstacles the black community has to face everyday,” Factory said.

Factory hopes the upcoming event will bring awareness about the importance of Juneteenth and shed light on the disparities marginalized communities face.

“Supporting the black community and making sure we include the houseless community as well in these conversation,” she said.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the nonprofit’s Texas Heat Mutual Aid Initiative. Factory hopes people will see the future.

“It points to the future. The future of black communities and the greatness that our future holds,” she said.

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Steven Cavazos is a traffic anchor and general assignments reporter on weekday mornings at KSAT 12. He is also part of the Solutionaries team. He has deep South Texas roots: born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and worked in Harlingen and Corpus Christi before coming to KSAT 12 in 2019.