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Multicultural Roots Project

The Multicultural Roots Project was created to increase visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa; and to recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Working with local historians and community partners, Community Engagement staff gather stories and facts about local BIPOC leaders, as well as historical events and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today. Each month, we will share five of these stories with the public through multiple communication channels, including the City’s website, social media and this newsletter.

Jun 20

Dr. Daniela Domínguez: Finding Oneself While On the Margins of Society

Posted on June 20, 2022 at 10:37 AM by Danielle Garduno


“When you come out of the closet your entire family does too.” — Dr. Daniela Domínguez  

Dr. Daniela “Danny” Domínguez (she/her/ella) says she never questioned who she was. “It wasn’t that I was ever confused, I knew exactly who I was, it was just a matter of its not safe for me to be who I am [here]. I was never like, ‘am I [queer], am I not?’ No, clearly from the very beginning I knew.” 

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Jun 13

Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom and Independence from Slavery in the U.S.

Posted on June 13, 2022 at 3:38 PM by Danielle Garduno


Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is observed and celebrated across the United States each year on June 19. Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it had little impact in Confederate states due to the low number of Union troops enforcing the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April 1865, Union forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and slaves were now free.  

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Jun 07

Taking Pride in Oneself: The Origins of Pride Month

Posted on June 7, 2022 at 3:13 PM by Danielle Garduno


“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”  — Marsha P. Johnson

Happy Pride Month from the Multicultural Roots Project Team! June is an entire month dedicated to the celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and all the ways in which they have shown resiliency and pride in themselves and the community, and to recognize the ways in which they have positively shaped our society. 

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