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Groovefest

  • Main Street Event Center 300 East Main Street Norman, OK, 73069 United States (map)

Groovefest Lives! Since 1986, Groovefest community of artists and activists unite around the fire of peaceful assembly to promote human rights awareness at Main Street Event Center. 

Speakers address meaningful stories and needed action locally and around the world between performers. Groovefest is a family friendly event in the park with Human Rights and social service organization tables, arts, vendors and food trucks. Volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and tablers are welcome to apply at groovefest@gmail.com

Performers
12 Troy Alan and James Wyrick
1 Jared Derek
2 ONG
3 Keirsten White 
4 The Sweet Talkers
5 Susan Herndon and Bella Counsel
6 Original Flow
7 Terry "Buffalo" Ware, Greg Standridge, and Sunday Flyers

Speakers
12:45 Juliana Giusti Cavallin, 16, Education is a Human Right
1:45 Ashley McCray, Oklahoma Corporation Commission Candidate 
2:45 Stacey Wright, YES ALL DAUGHTERS, Lauren's Law
3:45 Reverand Jesse Jackson, Pastor of East Sxth Street Christian 
Church and member of the Executive Board of Black Lives 
Matter Oklahoma 
4:45 Generation Citizen, Voter Registration 
5:45 Byron Jackson, Community Builder, Possibilities, Inc. 
6:45 Nyla Khan, Professor, Author, and 2016 Oklahoma Human Rights Award Recipient presented by the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association and the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance. 

~ 2016 Norman Transcript reports, Khan serves on the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. The writings and books of this professor and granddaughter of a former Kashmiri prime minister are making headlines in India and Pakistan: “The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism;” “Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir;” “The Parchment of Kashmir: History, Society, and Polity;” and “The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation.”

Khan’s goal is to engage in reflective action as an educator working with diverse cultural and social groups questioning the exclusivity of cultural nationalism, the erosion of cultural syncretism, the ever-increasing dominance of religious fundamentalism, and the irrational resistance to cultural and linguistic differences.

In a recent article, Khan compared the situation of women in Oklahoma with women in Kashmir.

“Not just in Kashmir, but in Oklahoma, as well, women can play an important role in establishing a more inclusive democracy and new forums for citizen cooperation. Female leaders can lead the way by offering new ideas, building broad-based political coalitions and working to bridge organizational divides,” Khan wrote. “In this way, women’s groups can, thus, pave the way for sustainable peace, universal human rights and security from violent threats of all kinds.”