Join the Celebration at Kent State’s Third Annual Juneteenth Jubilee 

Everyone is welcome to join the celebration as Kent State University commemorates Juneteenth with its third annual Juneteenth Jubilee on Friday, June 16. Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee will offer live performances, music, food, vendors and more from 4-6:30 p.m. on Manchester Field, which is the large green space between the Kent Student Center and Eastway Center on the Kent Campus. The event is free and open to the public.  

Mwatabu Okantah and Friends featuring Vince Robinson will perform during Kent State University’s 2023 Juneteenth Jubilee.

“Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee is a festive celebration that brings the community together to honor the life and legacy of the Black American experience,” said Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. “We invite all to come and be in community with each other as we celebrate with live performances, great food and a variety of vendors.” 

Established as a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth celebrates the courage and perseverance of Black Americans by observing the end of slavery in the United States and commemorates the day when the news of emancipation reached enslaved Black Americans in Texas. On June 19, when the holiday is observed nationally, no classes are scheduled, and university offices are closed. 


Schedule of Events 

4 p.m. – Food trucks and vendors open. 

4:30 p.m. – Mwatabu Okantah and Friends featuring Vince Robinson 
In original music and poetry set to music, Okantah, keyboardist Robinson and friends tell a story of self-discovery, healing and transformation.  

5 p.m. – Barefeet Dance Tribe  

Designed to educate others about different cultures and dance forms – and have fun doing it – Barefeet Dance Tribe combines traditional and modern African Dance movement. Audience participation is encouraged. 

5:30 p.m. – Archie Green/Peel Dem Layers Back featuring Cope Kingz 

An advocate for mental health through a hip-hop lens, rapper Archie Green works to educate, empower and equip Black men and boys to lead mentally healthy lives. Green is the founder of Peel Dem Layers Back. 

6 p.m. – Nola Movement  

A space for women to ignite and fuel their fire through physical activity, positive mindset practices and community, Nola Movement offers top-rated Zumba and dance fitness. Audience participation is encouraged. 



A unique – and tempting – collection of themed items and cuisine will be available during Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee. Vendors include:  

  • Brooks Homestyle BBQ LLC  - Food truck serving pork, brisket and ribs with classic BBQ sides 

  • Daisy Pops - Creative, custom cake pops 

  • Ego's Kitchen - African clothing and jewelry 

  • Essential Dipped Delights - Specializing in dipped dessert items 

  • Famtastic Hats 'N Things - Handmade knitted hats & scarfs; African-print table runners; and African artifacts 

  • GlossGirl Brownie - Handmade, cruelty-free lip gloss and more  

  • The Goodness Factory - Sweet treats including cheesecake salads, cheesecake cups, and mini cakes 

  • Grill Masters - Food truck serving a menu that’s fresh off the grill 

  • House of B&J Collection - Timeless fashion that makes a statement 

  • Jewelry by LeLee - A selection of fashion jewelry 


For more information about Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee, visit  


Photo Caption: Mwatabu Okantah and Friends featuring Vince Robinson will perform during Kent State University’s 2023 Juneteenth Jubilee. 




POSTED: Friday, June 9, 2023 02:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2023 02:25 PM