(Left to right) Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, Issa Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Sadako Pointer, and Mayor Libby Schaaf celebrate 18 years of Art + Soul and honor the legacy of The Pointer Sisters. Ruth Pointer was given a “Born and Raised in Oakland” shirt and a key to the city on Sunday, welcoming her back to her hometown. Photos by Sarah Carpenter
The City of Oakland honored Oakland-born Grammy award-winning artists, The Pointer Sisters, at the 18th annual Art + Soul Festival, after their headlining performance on Sunday. The Pointer Sisters have recorded such hits as “I’m So Excited,” and “Jump (For My Love).”
Councilmember Lynette McElhaney presented Ruth Pointer, the only remaining original member of the group, with an engraved glass key to the city.
Ruth now performs with her daughter, Issa Pointer, and her granddaughter, Sadako Pointer.
The original members were three sisters who grew up in West Oakland.
The McClymonds cheer squad performed cheers to salute The Pointer Sisters before the key was presented. Ruth Pointer accepted the key, and shouted out the McClymonds fight song, inciting many fellow McClymonds alumni in the crowd to join in.
This year marked Oakland’s Lyrics Born’s third performance at Art + Soul, and his first time headlining the main stage on Saturday.
Oakland’s Malcom Jefferson a.k.a. Malcolm Flex was victorious in the YAK to the BAY Turf Dance Battle, earning him a ticket to compete at Dexterity Dance League in Japan.
Other artists included Willie G, Dee Dee Simon, 2BuckChuck, Alphabet Rockers, Jazz Mafia, John Brothers Piano Company, and many more. The festival also included a gospel showcase at the Clay St. Stage, Salsa music and dancing, a SambaFunk! parade, a circus stage (performances by Kinetic Arts Center), and urban and world dance by Dance-A-Vision Oakland.
The McClymonds cheerleading team cheers to salute The Pointer Sisters, specifically McClymonds alumnus Ruth Pointer, Sunday, July 29. Once given the key to the city, Ruth shouted out the McClymonds fight song, prompting many fellow alums in the crowd to join in.
Ruth Pointer, the only remaining original member of The Pointer Sisters, performs at the 18th annual Art + Soul Festival in Oakland, her hometown. She now performs with her daughter, Issa Pointer, and her granddaughter, Sadako Pointer.