Visit us at Juneteenth in Lompoc Sat, June 15. Santa Barbara is also celebrating Juneteenth.

Stop by and say "Hi "to Nancy Avoce, SBCAN's Assistant Director, at our Juneteenth table in Lompoc! She'll give you information about SBCAN and how you can get involved!

Celebrate Juneteenth 
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle and Juneteenth Santa Barbara Co-Founder, Jordan Killebrew, Jon Dixon Photo


Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas in 1865, when Union troops informed the remaining enslaved peoples of their freedom, it is celebrated as Black Independence Day. 

The community is invited to partake in events and celebrations throughout the county, including:

  • Juneteenth Santa Barbara "Joy for the People" Block Party, Saturday June 15, 11AM - 6PM — Juneteenth SB is a collaborative effort to showcase Black culture, talent, and joy in Santa Barbara County. Now in its seventh year, the event centers around a free community block party held in historically Black Santa Barbara. Enjoy live local music, dancing, poetry, spoken word, artist exhibitions, storytelling, and food, and more. 
  • Juneteenth Lompoc Block Party, Saturday June 15, 11AM - 5PM  — Hosted by Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP and C4Lompoc, this celebration features live entertainment, music and dance, marketplace vendors, drumming led by Tracy Morgan, poetry, games for children and adults, children’s storytelling, a bake-off competition, merchandise, and booths of nonprofit organizations. 

In remembrance of her life and legacy, a flag honoring Sojourner Kincaid Rolle will be flown at the national capitol on Juneteenth,sponsored by Congressmen Salud Carbajal. Rolle was the recipient of the 2023 California Arts Council Legacy Artist award and Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. She is remembered for her work as a playwright, producer, poet, advocate, historian, and teacher, community leader, and author of six published books, including Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem.  



Join us for a fun, inspiring dinner to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations!


Santa Barbara County Action Network
North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner & Fundraiser
June 23, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria  

Santa Barbara County Action Network recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that work selflessly to protect our environment and the rights of our county’s residents. These awards bring attention to this good work and help raise funds we need to keep doing our part. 


Join us to recognize:

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Environmental Award

Lucy Thoms-Harrington & Lompoc-Vandenberg Chapter of AAUW
Giving Back Award

Steve Molina
Social Justice Award

Noemi Velasquez
Working Families Award

Cliff Lambert
“Looking Forward” Award

Daniel Segura
Youth Activist Award

If you'd like to volunteer or would like a sliding scale ticket, contact us at [email protected]

Early Sponsors

California Condor
Dick & Marilyn Mazess
UFCW Local 770

Red-tailed Hawk
Allan Hancock College
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Gerry DeWitt
Fund for Santa Barbara
Dick Flacks
UDW - AFSCME Local 3930

California Quail
Coasthills Credit Union
Cliff Solomon & Pam Gates
McCune Foundation
Kathy Sharum & David Dennis
Virginia Perry Souza
The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
SEIU Local 721

Anna's Hummingbird
Marc Chytilo & Nancy Weiss
Mary Rose & Associates
Janet Blevins & Gary Smith
Supervisor Das Williams
Assemblymember Gregg Hart
Supervisor Laura Capps
Santa Barbara Foundation
Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley
Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch of NAACP
Lisa Thornhill

Will you join with our Early Sponsors to recognize the outstanding work of these individuals and organizations?