Tag archives: Juneteenth

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s ‘Free at Last’ Book Release
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 27, 2022

The poet, playwright, activist, and local elder for Santa Barbara County Black History, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, has released a new book titled Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem, illustrated by Alex Bostic, published by Sterling Books/Union Square Kids. This hardcover 10 x 10 inch 32-page poem/picture book tells the story of the end of slavery […]

MLKSB Presents Its Virtual Juneteenth Celebration
By Montecito Journal   |   June 21, 2022

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Santa Barbara Committee (MLKSB) presents its all-new virtual celebratory program during this Juneteenth weekend, June 17 through June 20. This year’s theme is based on Dr. King’s words from Birmingham, Alabama on April 14, 1963: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of […]

Juneteenth: A Holiday that Matters
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   June 25, 2020

We are writing this piece on June 19, 2020, and wanted to wish everyone Happy Juneteenth! For many of our readers, this might be the first year you’ve heard about the holiday called Juneteenth, but it’s been celebrated around parts of the United States since 1886, with more and more people celebrating it each year. […]

Truth, Justice, and the American Way
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   June 25, 2020

Writing this column on Juneteenth, I am reminded of Bryan Stevenson’s fabulous 2014 book Just Mercy. In it, he observes that “Capital punishment means, ‘them without capital get the punishment’…” Stevenson ends the description of his first experience with prisoners on Georgia’s death row with this musing, “My short time on death row revealed that […]