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City of Ukiah issues Juneteenth proclamation; celebrations planned

Smiling people gather around a woman in a long purple dress as she displays a proclamation.
Essence Roberson holds up the City of Ukiah's Juneteenth proclamation, with Ken McCormick and James Sides on her left). On her right are Troyle Tognoli, Nevaeh Travis, Michelle Sides, and other supporters.

The Ukiah City Council issued proclamations recognizing Gay Pride, the contributions of immigrants, and Juneteenth last night.

African-Americans have long celebrated June nineteenth as “The real Independence Day,” because it’s the anniversary of the day in 1865 when a quarter of a million enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they had been freed. Juneteenth is a federally recognized holiday.

It will be thoroughly celebrated in the City of Ukiah, where Essence Roberson, Troyle Tognoli, and Neveah Travis were among those who filled the seats in the chambers to hear the proclamation and listen to Roberson’s remarks as she accepted it. Afterwards, they shared details of two celebrations they’ve planned in tandem.

One celebration will be from 1-8 pm on June 15th at T-Up Ukiah, at 125 South Orchard. Roberson expects Gloria Scott, a former member of the Supremes, to perform, in addition to up-and-coming local talent.

There will also be a June 19th celebration at the MEC (Mendocino Environmental Center) from 4-8 pm at 106 West Standley Street in Ukiah, including original music and poetry by local writers, singers and poets.

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Sarah Reith came to Mendocino County in 2008 and worked as a reporter and freelancer, joining KZYX as a community news reporter in 2017. She became the KZYX News Director in March, 2023.