The Oakland Juneteenth Community Picnic is the city’s largest such event and takes place in the Arroyo Viejo Park.
“I think it’s important to remember and acknowledge our history,” said Councilmember Desley Brooks, host and sponsor of the event in her district. “Juneteenth is the African American Independence Day.”
Latin jazz maestro Pete Escovedo, the Dramatics and Martin Luther lead the soulful line-up at the fourth annual celebration on Sat. June 17. Located at 7701 Krause Ave., it runs from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Hip-Hop journalist, activist and DJ, Davey D Cook will be event’s MC.
Brooks partnered with the Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland Natives Give Back (an organization targeting school truancy), and the Juneteenth Committee for a celebration including horseback riding, art vendors, great food and fun.
“We work to put together a high quality, fun and entertaining event for the whole family, “ Brooks said in a statement. “We are constantly pleased to see families and friends coming together to celebrate Juneteenth, birthdays, family reunions, and community at the event.“