The Yolo Juneteenth Celebration, scheduled for June 7, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Juneteenth Steering Committee is distraught by the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian communities. These are all too familiar symptoms of systematic and institutional racism that remains pervasive in our nation. We stand together with those protesting and struggling with the death and injustices put upon the black community and other communities of color who are pleading for reparation and change.
The Yolo Juneteenth Celebration is one opportunity where we can celebrate the rich and impressive history, intellect, talents and contributions from the diaspora of black communities that exist in Yolo County and the Sacramento area. It is a gathering that contributes to cleansing the sickness of prejudice, bias, aggressions, and discrimination by sharing love, food, laughter, black business opportunities, conversation, stories, art, music, and wisdom, but most of all to help rejuvenate the strength to continue to persevere. The celebration of Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, a nod of remembrance to all that have lost their lives to white supremacy, a solid fist in the air that says I’m fighting for the cause, it is honoring how far Black people have come and their amazing accomplishments in the face of all the oppression and violence that is continually thrust upon them.
COVID-19 may have made it impossible to have our event this year, but it is important that everyone take this time to reflect on all the good that the black community has brought to this country, despite over 400 years of grappling with systems of white supremacy that continue to repress it to this day.
Ultimately, it is on all of us to dismantle the systems that have been designed to stunt the growth of all communities of color who equally deserve the right to all opportunities it’s afforded. For this to happen, we must ALL work together to build racial equity that transforms our community. Every individual not afforded an equitable life results in a life that doesn’t fulfill their potential and for every life that doesn’t fulfill its potential, the entire world misses the opportunity for that life to make a profound and lasting impression on the future of this world.
The Juneteenth Steering Committee
The Yolo County Juneteenth Celebration for 2021 is scheduled for June 6. Please check back here for updates. We will be reaching out to vendors and sponsors for the 2020 celebration in the coming weeks.
The Juneteenth Steering Committee
This annual festival celebrating freedom and the rights gained with it, continues the tradition of the oldest African American holiday, celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in the United States. This free, family-friendly event includes a fashion show, live entertainment, educational presentations, activities for all ages, delicious food and artisan vendors from all over the region. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share at the potluck which beings at 1 p.m.
Scheduled programming, beginning at 1 p.m. starts with lively music by Calvin Handy of Jazz Patrol, followed by a trio of speakers sharing different aspects of African American culture and experience: UC Davis Resident Director Hakeem Croom, Master Quilter Khristel Johnson and Leigh Roberts who will honor the memory of local Tuskegee Airman Boyd Taylor, who passed away last year. Khristel Johnson will also display her visually stunning quilts that are designed using African fabrics, beds and textures to illustrate African American history through stories and significant events.
Some highlights of Yolo County Juneteenth 2018
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19, 1865 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.
Today Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which this holiday is growing. – from juneteenth.com