51st Annual MLK
Diversity and Inclusion
Stay connected with blacks in sonoma county. Join Sonona County's Blacks United for weekly meetings on local events in the North Bay.
The 2022 MLK/Juneteenth Celebration will be in person. We have exciting events planned!
UP COMING EVENTS
2022 Juneteenth Festival will be at MLK Park in Santa Rosa. Inbox us if you want to collaborate.
The 2021 MLK/Juneteenth Festival zoom video is available below!
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.