ACC celebrates 2024 Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation week

Austin Community College District (ACC) hosts a series of events for National Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Week 2024, January 15-19. ACC students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to participate. 

The events are centered around this year’s theme: “Belonging & Purpose Cannot Happen Without Love.”

ACC’s TRHT Center has partnered with the college’s Culinary Department, The Art Galleries at ACC, the Austin Public Library, and more to present in-person and virtual events, which include a culinary demonstration, racial healing circles, roundtable discussions, panels, workshops, and art exhibits.

All Week 
3rd Annual Chalk Walk Art for Early College High School students at the Elgin, Round Rock, and South Austin campuses

Monday, January 15 
ACC is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. See below for information on the MLK Community March.

Tuesday, January 16 
Racial Healing Circle with the Austin Public Library | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Austin Central Library
Cooking with Love with Chef Bryant Currie | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | ACC Highland Campus + Virtual

Wednesday, January 17
Celebrating Our Ancestors | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | ACC Highland Campus + Virtual
Succeeding Against the Odds as a Community College Graduate with Byron Brooks | 3 – 4 p.m. | ACC Highland Campus + Virtual

Thursday, January 18
Racial Healing Circle | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | ACC Riverside Campus
National Day of Racial Healing Artist Talks with taylor barnes and Luis Corpus | 2 – 3 p.m. | ACC Highland Campus + Virtual

Friday, January 19
TRHT Week Early College High School Chalk Art Spotlight | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Virtual
DEI Changes, Walking Together with Belonging & Purpose | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | ACC Highland Campus + Virtual

View the full list of events, descriptions, and links on the TRHT Center’s website.


In honor of MLK Day, the TRHT Center hosts an in-person youth oratorical competition on Thursday, January 11. The 2024 MLK Oratory Competition is for fourth through sixth grade students from Austin-area schools. They will share their dream of equality with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as if he were alive today.

MLK Oratory Competition
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Center at ACC Highland Campus, Building 4000, Room 4.2205


ACC also is participating in the annual MLK Community March on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15. 

Date: Monday, January 15
Time: 9 a.m. 
Location: Starts at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus with a short program. The march will then head to the south steps of the Capitol. The rally and festival scheduled at Huston-Tillotson University has been postponed.

For more information, visit the MLK Community March page.

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