Although in previous years we have hosted robust community celebrations in our home town of Marin City (see videos) this year is unique. We have chosen to host this event as an online festival. With many sheltering in place or not able to travel, this alternative allows for rich participation from the comfort of your home. and yes, that includes ordering food.
Although the official date of Juneteenth is today, June 19th. Festivals are traditionally celebrated throughout the nation and the Bay Area, from June 16th though the end of the month. We strategically choose to offer ours to the public near the end of the month to support our vendors who are blessed to sell at several events. Therefore, we do our best not to compete, but rather to support community and economic sufficiency. In this spirit our festival brings you our vibrant African Marketplace-virtually.
That said, we stand in solidarity with our local brothers and sisters who are choosing to hold celebrations on the ground.
On June 19th we support, and will attend:
Marin City Juneteenth "Call to Action" Freedom Day at Rocky Graham Park.
3-6 pm 850 Drake Avenue. Marin City, 94965
GO Marin City. WE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU.
And on Saturday. June 20th
Oakland Juneteenth Festival. An Unapologetic Juneteenth
2-5 pm. at Mosswood Park, 3612 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
GO OAKTOWN WE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU!!
If you registered for our online festival and did not receive a confirmation, fear not! We have your information and you will receive a link to participate in our very first international festival on June 27th.
Hosted by, Director of MC Arts and Culture, Oshalla D. Marcus and guest host.
Our Theme is: Strength of a Unified African Diaspora
Our local guest speaker is, Dr. Walter Turner of "Africa Today"
Our pre-recorded guest speaker is: Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao: African Union; Former Ambassador to the United States.
We revisit, and bring you the classic footage of El Hadji Al Malik El Shabbaz aka Malcom X, James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, Tupac Shakur, Maya Angelou, and many more, alongside contempory voices from recent insightful and refreshing, TED Talks.
Music and live images will be played througout the day. Jazz, Blues, Classic Soul, Neo Soul, Afro Beat, Hip-Hop, R & B, Gospel, Reggae and all the genres that come out of African-American culture, and then some.
We will wrap up the day long event with a World Dance Party, hosted by local DJ, Feve Wells of "Ebony Slam" Time to loosen the cobwebs in your body and get to moving!
We are hosting our event on "hopin" a powerful "virtual venue" platform. Sometime this week you will receive an email prompting you to create an account that will allow you to log in to the festival.
On this day many in our community are making a statement that voting with our dollars counts in a system that is outrageously imbalanced. As long as we continue to support the 1% who keep getting richer while ignoring our local merchants will will continue to perpetrate this imbalance. And while we understand that it is not alway possible to do so, we encourage shopping from small businesses wether they are local or online.
Roland Wiley produced this brief hisory of Juneteenth., usually not taught in our public school systems.
In the African-American community we have our own flag and anthem honoring the sacrifices of our ancestors and tcelebrating our unique history in the United States. We invite you to listen and refect on the lyrics here.
Even though enslavement of human beings has a very long history around the globe.. Enslavement of Africans by Europeans became the basis for amassing vast generational monetary wealth for Europe and her Colonies, while creating at the same time the foundation of generational poverty for African and Indigenous peoples world wide.
Classic Gospel Choir. Anthony Brown and FBCG sing Edwins Hawkins classic Oh Happy Day.
Nina Simone captures the sentiments in song,, what is felt in body and soul
Listen to Sam Cook as we watch images of our American Story
Africans built and were the engine to create wealth in the United States on land that was stolen from thousands of Indian Tribes, whose land treaties were never honoured, to this day.