This year Oklahoma City will celebrate Juneteenth (June 19) in style, with a two-day, family-friendly event featuring live music, interactive murals, dance performances, spoken word, education tents, food trucks, vendors, and local small businesses, who are the backbone of our Eastside community.
Juneteenth on the East is produced by With Love and local community leaders. Juneteenth on the East is hosted by a committee of community leaders who have volunteered their time to bring a celebration of Black Liberation unlike the City has seen. They include Jabee, Scissortail Park, Oklahoma Mural Syndicate, The Conversation Workshops, Marie Casimir, NEOKC Renaissance, and others. These champions of Oklahoma City hope to provide families in our city with an experience they only dreamed of as kids. Please join us in this celebration of Freedom and Placemaking while highlighting the history of Emancipation in the United States. Juneteenth reminds us that liberation is not a one-time event. Rather, it’s an ongoing process of fighting for & gaining back basic human dignity.
Black people in the United States got a first taste of liberation on June 19, 1865, after over 400 years of enslavement, exploitation, and denial of humanity. June 19th now marks an annual celebration of Juneteenth. Today, we celebrate the Black community’s leadership in cultural revolutions & a powerful determination to celebrate, gather, create, dance, sing, and live in abundant Joy. This Joy is not reliant on physical or systemic circumstances; instead, the ability to withstand oppression with laughter and levity is locked deep within Black culture and genetic memory.
In that spirit, Oklahoma City is invited to join us for Juneteenth on the East as it stretches through the heart of the Eastside of Oklahoma City on NE 23rd St. between N. Kelham Ave. and N. Hood St.
We are excited to announce this year’s headliner will be the Sa Roc, who is arguably one of the most vibrant MCs in the world today. Her crisp articulation, fiery delivery, and her elevated and insightful lyricism has often placed her within the same conversation of some of Hip Hop’s most notable artists. Once dubbed by Okayplayer as “one of the most formidable microphone mavens in the game,” Sa-Roc is an artist for a socially conscious generation.
In 2016, Sa-Roc was signed to Rhymesayers and has thrived within her partnership with the influential label. In that time, she has released a string of powerful music videos along the way, including “Deliverance”, “Hand of God”, “Goddess Gang”, and “Forever”, the latter which has garnered over 4 million views on Youtube. Her debut on the world-renowned NPR Tiny Desk At Home series that led fans to describe her simply as “the truth” and technically “the best lyricist in recent times.”
Her album, The Sharecropper’s Daughter, the title of which pays homage to her father’s experience growing up sharecropping tobacco, is in Sa-Roc’s own words “a sonic reflection on the generational inheritance of trauma and triumph that shapes our humanity and influences the way we see the world.” At a time where people all around the globe are calling for social change, Sa-Roc is an MC whose energy and conscious lyrics are about to shake up the rap game and remind us all that Hip Hop was always about giving a voice to the people.
The committee has also booked Los Angeles-based poet, political activist, academic, and emcee Propaganda. We are very excited to bring two artists of this caliber with reputations for being advocates for justice and equality to our Juneteenth on the East celebration.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
3 pm - 9 pm
NE 23rd St. between N. Kelham Ave. and N. Hood St.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
6 pm Cookout
9 pm Film Screening - Black Panther
Scissortail Park, 300 SW 7th Street