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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.

Apr 08

World War II: Japanese Americans in Sonoma County

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 11:56 AM by Danielle Garduno

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Photos from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration  

On December 7, 1941, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked and bombed by the Japanese military. There were over 2,000 American casualties and over 1,000 wounded. President Roosevelt called this “a date which will live in infamy.” Following the attack, the U.S. entered World War II and declared war on Japan.

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Mar 23

Getting to Know Guadalupe Navarro: Executive Director of Latino Service Providers

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 9:13 AM by Danielle Garduno

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Guadalupe Navarro is a leader who has made meaningful and lasting impacts on the people and communities that surround her. She has a deep appreciation for education that has been instilled in her throughout her life. Her parents migrated from Mexico to California in the late 1970s just before she was born. Guadalupe’s mother chose to leave her home, simply because she wanted her children to have the opportunity to go to school. It was through these sacrifices that Guadalupe’s profound appreciation and commitment to education were born.

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Mar 23

Getting to Know the Incomparable Vivian Coffee

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 8:55 AM by Danielle Garduno

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Vivian Coffee is a selfless leader who sees the value in communication, service, and how a little kindness can go an awful long way. She was born in Beaumont, Texas and grew up between Alameda and Oakland after her family relocated when she was in the 4th grade, for her father’s job at the Alameda Naval Air Station during World War II. Vivian was an intelligent child. Her 4th grade teacher quickly learned how smart she was and promoted her to the 5th grade shortly after she arrived. She continued to succeed in school, earning herself a spot on the honor roll every year and becoming Vice President of the student body as a Senior at only 16-years old.

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