MO ROOTS FEST- June 18, 2022 | Liberation Park

Celebrating the Life, Love, & Legacy of Monica Hastings-Smith
We invite you to gather as an intergenerational community to honor and celebrate Monica Hastings-Smith, our mentor, auntie, and musical director, who transitioned to the ancestor realm in June 2021.



  • Afro Peruvian Coalition 3:00PM
  • Gbedu Town Radio 3:30PM
  • MJ's Brass Boppers 4:00PM
  • BoomShake 5:00PM


  • Hella Healed 11:30AM-12:30PM — Kicking off a day of festivities, Hella Healed: Roots of Prosperity will focus on the root and foundation. From setting intentions and grounding energy, we will plant, nurture, and enjoy many seeds. We strongly encourage family attendance. We must heal and build together to get where we wish to go as a people. (This is a closed space for the Afrikan Black community.)
  • Rosesharon Oates 11:00AM-6:00PM — Healing modalities
  • Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita 1:00PM-2:00PM — Plant based record music workshop
  • Abundant Beginnings + Mitali Purkayastha 1:00PM-5:00PM — The Dandelion Song
  • BoomShake Community 1:00PM-5:00PM — "Everybody Wants To Be In Oakland"
  • House/full of BlackWomen 1:00PM-5:00PM — Holding space for BIPOC women and non-binary folk to rest and engage in conversation on how insisting on our rest is a necessary strategy for our collective liberation and healing. Bring headphones and your phone to access suggested sound options for resting.
  • Girls Rock Camp 2:00PM-3:00PM — Drumming + make-your-own-chant workshop for Black and Brown youth (plus open jamming time)


  • Afro Urban Society 1:00PM-6:00PM — Black Space: Interactive Black Ancestor Shrine + Photo Booth for Black/People of African Descent. Bring a printed photo paper of your Black ancestors to add to our shrine installation.
  • Christopher Burch 10:00AM-7:00PM — Live mural painting
  • Julia LaChica
  • Lola Caballero
  • Vivian Adriana Renteria



  • Liberation Park / Black Cultural Zone, 7101 Foothill, Oakland
  • Parking available off 73rd street near the McDonald’s
  • Food vendors on site (Prima’s Cuban Vegan Corner; Three Ladies Catering; Aboriginal Cuban Catering; Cafe 15)
  • Porta-potties and handwashing stations on site


  • Liberation Park is wheelchair accessible and close to the Eastmont Transit Center bus stop. The park terrain is flat but not completely smooth.
  • We will have designated ADA seating as well as ASL interpretation for the performances.
  • 2 of the porta-potties are ADA-compliant.
  • Please email if you have accessibility needs not addressed here.


  • Bring an offering for the altar, and a drum if you have one.
  • Please wear your face mask for our collective safety.

Presented with support from the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.