Earth, Wind & Fire, India.Arie, Dave Matthews and Jimmie Allen also among the performers for the June 19 livestream
On Saturday (June 19) the Robert Randolph Foundation will premiere its inaugural Juneteenth Unityfest. Hosted by comedian JB Smoove and actress-author Amanda Seales, the festival will feature performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers, Ledisi, India.Arie, Dave Matthews and Randolph himself.
African-Americans have long celebrated Juneteenth — aka Black Independence Day — to commemorate the end of slavery 156 years ago on June 19, 1865. But this year the observance will become a double celebration in the wake of President Biden making Juneteenth a federal holiday on June 17.
Juneteenth Unityfest's jam-packed lineup also includes Darius Rucker, Jimmie Allen, Black Pumas, Aloe Blacc and Bebe Winans. In addition to two Jimi Hendrix performances from the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival, there will be guest appearances by Phylicia Rashad, Billy Porter and Craig Robinson. Presented virtually this year, the festival will be livestreamed via the official Juneteenth Unityfest website and the Robert Randolph Foundation official website beginning at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on June 19.