Yolo County Manager of Operations & Strategy
(Public Information Officer)
625 Court Street, Room 202
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8042
FAX: (530) 669-4029
Juneteenth Celebration of "Beautiful - Strong - United" on June 2
Juneteenth Celebration of “Beautiful – Strong – United” on June 2
(Woodland, CA) – All are welcome to the Juneteenth Celebration of “Beautiful – Strong – United” on Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center, located at 203 W. 14th Street in Davis. Tuskegee Airmen recognition, Master Quilter Khristel Johnson, and a Famous Figures Fashion Show by JTL Productions are a few of the highlights at this event.
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 begins at 1:00 p.m.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the day in which the Emancipation Proclamation, which was passed in January of 1863, was finally enforced in Texas on June 19, 1865, freeing enslaved African Americans in that state. This year’s theme of “Beautiful – Strong – United” was selected to inspire the community to think critically about the world we live in and to understand that we can make a difference.
“Juneteenth is a call-to-action celebration to remind us that together we are strong,” said Yolo County Library Regional Manager Scott Love. “United, we can create positive social change.”
The scheduled programming starts at 1:00 p.m. 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, beads and textures to illustrate African American history through stories and significant events.
This event is a grassroots, community effort, offering opportunities to celebrate and give back. Those who would like to participate as a vendor, performer or volunteer, may contact Sandy Holman at (530) 902-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.yolojuneteenth.org. Tax-deductible donations can be made on the website or by sending a check to the Friends of the Davis Library at P.O. Box 91, Davis, CA 95617.
Sponsors include the Yolo County Library, the Friends of the Davis Public Library, the City of Davis Cultural Affairs Program, UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations, Travis Credit Union, First Northern Bank, the Davis Food Co-op, Nugget Markets, DeRold DeSigns, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, and Upper Crust Baking.