Community Empowerment is one AJC's four major goals — a focus directed towards providing opportunities for people of color and other marginalized groups to be their own best voice and increase control over their lives.

State of Black Austin

A candid, annual discussion with engaged African-American Austinites about the State of Black Austin. 

A discussion focusing on a myriad of topics surrounding criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, gentrification, navigating the local political arena and much more. The purpose of this facilitated dialogue is to address pressing issues in the African American community and to move closer toward victory as a people in the greatest city in the world.

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

                 -Audre Lorde

Black Male Summit


STAND UP is a citywide summit strategically designed to create a safe space in which Black men can learn, teach, share and grow together.

The summit will provide empowering words delivered by inspirational speakers, break out sessions to connect and discuss relevant issues, opportunities to become mentors or mentees, and access to a variety of community resources.

Black Unity Week

As a part of Black History Month, Black Empowerment Week serves as a means to celebrate our history, embrace our culture, encourage one another for the future while centering in on community awareness and the current climate here in Austin, Texas. 

Multiple Black organizations have partnered up with us for the week to put emphasis on this community initiative.

Events include: "Know Your Rights," "Loving Yourself: Black Health Matters," "Community Service," and "The Story of Black Austin: Past, Present, and Beyond"


Community Service

AJC members and volunteers participate in a number of community service events organized in partnership with other local organizations and nonprofits. Some of the major areas for community service include assistance for prisoners in Texas, support to local homeless people, and preservation and restoration of historic African-American landmarks and venues.


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