Juneteenth, an annual observance to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865, will be celebrated in Davis on Saturday, June 22. It is sometimes referred to as the second Fourth of July because it was a major step toward full equality for all Americans.
Yolo County’s free, family-friendly Juneteenth celebration will feature food, entertainment and educational exhibits — including a hat show — from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. The multicultural ceremony and event are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Public Library, the city of Davis and the Culture Co-op.
Additional activities will take place at the library, 315 E. 14th St.
Event coordinators Jay Johnstone and Sandy Holman expect a capacity crowd based on the turnout for the 2011 program at the library. In preparation, they are reaching out to WE People, Blacks for Effective Community Action, AllStar Action Team and the African American Committee to participate again this year.
Tax-deductible donations for the celebration may be mailed to Friends of the Davis Public Library, P.O. Box 91, Davis, CA 95627-0091 or made online by visiting www.davislibraryfriends.org and choosing the Juneteenth donation button.