R&B artist Vivian Green to headline Juneteenth

R&B artist Vivian Green to headline Juneteenth
Posted on 04/24/2019
Vivian Green headshot

National recording artist Vivian Green will be the headlining act during the 2019 Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival held May 31-June 1 in downtown Rocky Mount.

Green has released six albums since her debut in 2003. She is known for hits including “Emotional Rollercoaster,” “Get Right Back to My Baby” and “I Don’t Know.”

She has worked with well-known artists including Jill Scott, Jewel, Raheem DeVaughn and Jazmine Sullivan. Green also is credited for writing a song for Boyz II Men.

Green will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 as the finale to a weekend full of fun and entertainment.

The Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31 with a recognition of A/B Honor Roll students from the area. The Darryl Murrill Group and We Are One Tribute Band will perform during the evening as participants enjoy a variety of offerings from food trucks that will be stationed outside of the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. The We are One Tribute Band highlights the music of Frankie Beverly and Maze.

A full day of action begins at 11:45 a.m. on June 1 with the opening ceremony and bike rodeo.

Attendees will also learn about the significance of Juneteenth, a festival held annually to commemorate the announcement of the emancipation of slavery. The first public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in the US took place June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued and enforced the proclamation in 1863. Therefore, Galveston was the first community to celebrate Juneteenth, and the celebration has now spread throughout the US.

Musical performances throughout the day include the Mark Green Gospel Group, Soul Jam and Marcus Anderson who played for Prince. All artists will perform prior to Green.

The emcees for Saturday will be Comedian Les Long and D-Train. North Edgecombe High School’s Army JROTC and Major Melvin Davis, cadet commander, will be a part of the opening ceremony.

Various dancing groups, Mr. Mime and the Tabernacle Church Choir will perform on the second stage throughout the day, while a Kente and Africa drum presentation, Buffalo Soldiers and a Jonkonnu dance group will perform in the main lobby of the Imperial Centre.

Bounce houses will be available for children.

“We are excited to celebrate this moment in history with our community, and we are looking forward to a great weekend of music, culture and fun,” Special Events Coordinator Kayla Hillman said.

Vendors will be available throughout the day. Parties interested in becoming a vendor for the event can apply at , or by calling 252-314-7030.