More than 16,000 were attracted to the Soul Awakening Juneteenth Festival and cheered on the five who were presented with awards.The “celebration of freedom” is annually sponsored by Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, and the Metropolitan Library System. Angela Winbush, the R&B singer, was the entertainment headliner at the festival. Held at Washington Park, the festival featured more than 30 entertainment groups (including the Kasino Band, Ace Kennedy, Iesia Adam & Kizzie, Kenya Soulsinger, and the choir of the Fifth Street Baptist Church. The family event also had as features a barbecue cook-off and various food-eating contests, Soul Awakening Awards were presented to: • Rev. A. Byron Coleman III, pastor of the Fifth Street Baptist Church, the recipient of the festival’s Public Servant of the Year Award; • Richard and Vanessa Martin, owners of Martin’s Tax Service, recipients of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award; • Tracy McDaniel, principal of KIPP Reach College Academy, the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award; • Dr. Kent Smith, president of Langston University, who was presented one of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Awards; and • Arnelia Spears, a teacher and coach with the Millwood Public School District, recipient of the festival’s second Lifetime Achievement Award. Co-sponsors of the festival were Guiding Right, the Oklahoma County Department of Health and Wellness Now. Oklahoma Heritage Home Care, Integris, Credit Connection, Metro PCS, Fades ‘R Us, The Alliance, the Ralph Ellison Foundation and Allegiance Credit Union were additional co-sponsors.