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The Juneteenth Flag will be raised at the County Administration Center for the first time in County history on Friday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. during a special ceremony being held on the east plaza of the CAC. 

Chair Nathan Fletcher is hosting the event in partnership with the Office of Equity & Racial Justice, Young, Black, & N' Business (YB&NB), the African American Association of County Employees (AAACE), Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) and The Cooper Family Foundation to help kick-off a series of activities taking place across the region. 

The ceremony at 11:30 a.m. is free and open to public and will feature:  

  • Singing of the Black National Anthem by Mother Doris Williams, Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • An oral history of Juneteenth by Vanessa Green, Office of Equity and Racial Justice  

  • Brief remarks by:

    • Chair Nathan Fletcher

    • Representative from The Cooper Family Foundation 

    • Ellen Nash, Chair, BAPAC

    • Roosevelt Williams III, CEO of YB&NB

  • Live entertainment by C.E.O’s Rhythm Section  

The Flag will remain up through Monday, June 20 when the County of San Diego will observe the holiday, and offices will be closed.  On June 19 and June 20, the building will be illuminated in red and green  colors to honor Juneteenth.  

“By honoring Juneteenth we are acknowledging this Country’s original sin; slavery, the most shameful and painful period in United States’ history,” said Chair Fletcher. “There are lingering injustices that require our attention, while celebrating the achievements of African Americans in spite of it all. I am excited to stand in partnership with our community to raise the Juneteenth Flag at the County Administration Center. It will be a significant moment for everyone to remember.” 

“The Ten Most Powerful Two Letter Words: IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO US,” said Roosevelt Williams III, CEO of YB&NB

The Cooper Family Foundation Healing the Community Festival

The Cooper Family Foundation will host its annual Juneteenth Healing the Community Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Park, 2975 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego CA 92113. 

It’s a free event, but the community is encouraged to bring chairs. The event will feature: 

  • Two stages (Featuring Headliner Con Funk Shun)

  • Educational Programs

  • History Wall

  • Small Business Vendors 

  • Health and Wellness Vendors 

  • Kids Zone

  • Live Gospel & Jazz

  • Food Trucks  

Kayla Mains, Cooper Family Foundation Juneteenth Organizing Committee member said: “Over fifty years ago in San Diego, Sidney Cooper Sr. opened a string of small businesses housed in one storefront in Southeast San Diego, in one of the largest historically African American neighborhoods.  As a businessman and a member of the community, Sidney felt passionately about countering the devastating effects that centuries of oppression had imposed on his neighborhood.  As a man of character and compassion, he wanted to be part of something positive that would unify the people of Southeast San Diego, and remind them of how strong, beautiful, and important they were.  With his own money, Sidney started “The Cooper Family Juneteenth Celebration.” Sidney perceived Juneteenth to not only be a celebration of Black Independence Day, but also as an opportunity to unite and heal the community by providing arts and culture, health resources, educational programs, food, a kid’s fun zone, and other entertainment. Today, Sidney’s children and the Cooper Family Foundation, imbued with the same sense of dedication for their community, continue this project and have been holding the annual event in honor of his memory and with the same intentions of unifying people.” 

Chair Fletcher will also visit the Cooper Family Foundation’s Juneteenth Healing the Community Festival on Saturday and in partnership with AAACE, will present two deserving high school seniors with the AAACE-Leon Williams Scholarship. Each will receive a  $500 scholarship for exhibiting excellence in the areas of career preparation, leadership, academics and community service. 

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