About Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc.

The newly formed non-profit organization, Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. is an educational and health based organization that focuses on the importance of Americas history and living a healthy lifestyle.

Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization that has produced Sacramento’s Annual Juneteenth Festival since 2001. The Sacramento Juneteenth Festival is a 4 day event that celebrates one of the most momentous occasions in American history: The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865 those still enslaved in Galveston Texas were notified by General Granger of the Union Army that from this day forth all those enslaved were now freed. The declaration was sent by President Abraham Lincoln to inform the state of Texas that all enslaved were freed in accordance with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation which he signed some 2 years early in January of 1863.

The Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Organization was incorporated on July, 2014 to expand its exempt purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. The on-going activities are in furtherance of the organization’s exempt purpose of providing educational, charitable, cultural, recreational and social benefits to the general public on the impact of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States.

Prior to the incorporation as a 501(c)(3), the organization worked in conjunction with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Affairs Department to produce an annual 3-day community celebration known as the Juneteenth Festival. This community event was created over 13 years ago by the Director of Multicultural Affairs, Gary R. Simon, who also serves as committee chair. Twelve dedicated committee members work in collaboration with Mr. Simon to successfully present this noteworthy community event.

Gary Simon, Executive Director of Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. has produced the festival for 13 years while serving as the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. He and a dedicated group of community leaders (Juneteenth committee) plan and produce the many components of the festival each year.
Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. has been recognized by the California Legislative Black Caucus, California Senators Derrell Steinberg and Curren Price, Assembly member Roger Dickinson and Sacramento’s Mayor/City Council.

Mission Statement

To acknowledge and celebrate one of the most momentous occasions in American History: The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation through the presentation of a historically based festival for all ages. And produce year round educational and wellness programs that coincide with the historical aspects of Juneteenth.

Our Vision

Our vision is to educate and disseminate information to the general public on the important contributions of African Americans in the United States of America. And promote health/ wellness in local elementary schools through facilitation of our Community Education Programs(CEP).

What makes up Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc.?

Here are the 3 Components:

Executive Committee

This is our dedicated team who work day-in and day-out together to bring the most amazing events.

Gary Simon

Gary Simon

Fundraising
Gloria Robertson

Gloria Robertson

Vendors
Ursula Johnson

Ursula Johnson

Vendors
Alisa Johnson

Alisa Johnson

Hospitality
Shirley Sanders

Shirley Sanders

Arts
Randy Atkins

Randy Atkins

Security
Charles Hooper

Charles Hooper

Logistics
Charles Kidd

Charles Kidd

Health / Wellness
LaTonia Simon

LaTonia Simon

Education
Richard Pannell

Richard Pannell

Black Chefs Collaborative
Kenneth Johnston

Kenneth Johnston

Video/photography
Sonya Bradley

Sonya Bradley

Marketing
Vanessa Ewing

Vanessa Ewing

Parade Coordinator

Board of Directors

Here are our board of directors.

Sgt. Eric Walker

Sgt. Eric Walker

Secretary
Gregory Tonokouin

Gregory Tonokouin

Treasurer
Dawn Cooks

Dawn Cooks

MBA
Gary Simon

Gary Simon

Executive Director

Our Programs

Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. consists of these core programs. Click on each one to learn more:

Black Chefs Collaborative Events

Black Chefs Collaborative Events

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Juneteenth Ball

Juneteenth Ball

Juneteenth Talent Show

Juneteenth Talent Show

Emancipation Parade

Emancipation Parade

Festival in the Park

Festival in the Park

Friday Night Gospel

Friday Night Gospel

Scholarship Luncheon

Scholarship Luncheon