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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.

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Apr 22

Lucy Cadena – Jazzux: Founding Member and First Director of KBBF Radio

Posted on April 22, 2021 at 11:33 AM by Danielle Garduno

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Lucy Jazzux, also known as Lucy Cadena, was a long-time community advocate actively involved in the founding of several community-based organizations. She was born in San Francisco on December 17, 1933. While living in San Francisco, she met Raymond Cadena and the two married in 1951 and had six children together. The family of eight left the Bay Area for Sonoma County and settled in Windsor in 1963.

In Windsor, Lucy became very involved in the Head Start program as a community worker. She worked her way up in the program from Parent Coordinator, to Teacher’s Aide, and finally to Teacher-Director. In her role as Teacher-Director, Lucy restored an old building into a classroom. In this process, she worked 16 to 18 hours every day for two weeks to ensure the Head Start students wouldn’t lose valuable learning time. With the help of volunteers, the center was finished. As more Head Start centers opened in Sonoma County, Lucy became a founding member of the Sonoma County Head Start Council. She served as the first president for several years. 

In addition to her accomplishments with the Head Start program, Lucy was involved in the founding of many organizations. In 1973, she became one of the founding members and first directors of the bilingual radio station, KBBF. She was also involved in the founding of Mujeres Unidas in Sonoma County. In the 1970s she was among the determined citizens who
began Alliance Alianza Medical Center to help supply a suite of medical services on a sliding scale to help families receive the medical care they needed at a price they could afford. In 2006, she and Alejandra Holmes worked with Get on the Bus, a nonprofit program that arranges for incarcerated mothers to see their children just before Mother's Day.

While she helped create so many organizations, she was actively involved in others. Among these were Latinos Unidos, the North Bay Chicano Educators Association, and her church. Her house was often the site for folk masses which inspired her to work toward the establishment of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Windsor. She was also an activist involved in the labor rights movements of the 70’s, specifically with Cesar Chavez and the
National Farm Workers Association (later known as United Farm Workers of America).

Her many impacts on the community were appreciated by many. In 1967, Lucy was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Windsor Elementary School PTA in recognition of her ability to mobilize resources to assist families
. In 1981, Lucy was honored by the California Human Development Corporation for her contributions to the Latino community in Sonoma County. Lucy Cadena passed away on June 20, 2018, leaving behind innumerable impacts and a legacy of generosity, compassion, and dedicated advocacy.

References:

Alliance Medical Center Community Healthcare. 2021. Our Story | Alliance Medical Center. Available online at: https://alliancemed.org/our-story/

Cdnc.ucr.edu. 2021. Healdsburg Tribune, Enterprise and Scimitar 22 September 1966 — California Digital Newspaper Collection. Available online at:
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=HTES19660922.2.78&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1

Legacy.com. 2021. Lucy Jazzux Obituary - (1933 - 2018) - Santa Rosa, CA - Press Democrat.  Available online at:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=lucy-jazzux&pid=189365098&fhid=20311

Newspapers.com. 2021. 25 May 1973, 1 - The Press Democrat at Newspapers.com. Available online at:
https://www.newspapers.com/image/295681651/

Styrous.blogspot.com. 2018. Lucy Cadena-Jazzux ~ A woman out of time. Available online at:
https://styrous.blogspot.com/search/label/Head Start