53rd Annual MLK
Diversity and Inclusion
2023! Live & in person!
Stay connected with blacks in Sonoma County. Join Sonoma County's Blacks United for weekly meetings on local events in the North Bay.
The 2023 MLK/Juneteenth Celebration will be in person. We have exciting events planned!
UP COMING EVENTS
2023 Juneteenth Festival is now accepting donations! We need your help to make our festival the best it's ever been. Contact us today to see how you can donate!
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.