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Juneteenth Kickoff Celebration

On Friday, June 10th, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Wealth & Disparities in the Black Community hosted a Juneteenth kickoff celebration at San Francisco City Hall. The event was filled with vibrant colors honoring Black sacrifice and struggle, Black pride, and Black excellence.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed shared,“Juneteenth is a recognition of our culture and accomplishments, but it’s also a solemn reminder of the bonds of slavery and the struggle for equality that continues today.”

Phelicia Jones, event host and Founder and Leader of Wealth & Disparities in the Black Community emphasized that, “although President Biden signed into law Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021, San Francisco’s Black community has celebrated Juneteenth National Independence Day, also known as, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day for years now.”

The Juneteenth celebration was packed with talented musicians, artists, and power speakers. An HCN staff member presented a poem for the ceremony called “Ocean.”

Most days,

I ask the ocean to make me blue like her

To swallow me

So, I can rest at the bottom

with my ancestors


So, I can feel whole


She offers to cleanse me

Reminding me how my Black be




Under the sea

My Black


Dripped in all


Call me a treasure chest


The ocean will heal your wounds

Scream your sorrow

And she will tell you that

you are beautiful

That god created a masterpiece

A long line of royalty

Made the road rocky

But created you to overcome.

We hope you had a great Juneteenth celebration with family and friends.


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