This weekend there are several Juneteenth celebrations in the Oklahoma City metro. This is the first year for Juneteenth on the East, but this is no small event.
Jabee Williams is a local rap artist, entrepreneur, and community activist. He organized Juneteenth on the East and is excited about the celebration.
“At Juneteenth on the East, you can expect a family friendly environment. We’ll have a kids area, we’ll have the Thunder reading bus out,” Williams said.
There will also be three performance stages providing different forms of entertainment.
“We’ll have a poetry stage, we have an R&B stage, and then we’ll have a main stage right in the middle of the street on 23rd Street.” Williams said.
There will be plenty of local talent in addition to artist from all over the country.
“We have Sa-Roc coming from Atlanta, she’s headlining, she’s an awesome artist. We have Propaganda, he’s a poet and an emcee from Los Angeles. I’ll be performing as well,” Williams said.
Williams has been a key player in the revitalization of Eastpoint on Northeast 23rd. It was important to him to have the event at this location.
“We’ve been kinda gaining momentum here on this street for the past couple of years. I want to be able to have something that we can kinda give back to the community, so the community can come,” Williams said.
The festival is this Saturday June 19 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Northeast 23rd Street between Kelham Ave. and N. Hood St.
The fun continues Sunday at Scissortail Park, with a kid-friendly film screening and cookout. Food will be served starting at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 8 p.m.