Multicultural Roots

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Stories from Santa Rosa’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color


"This project is important to me because I grew up thinking my community was diverse only because of the people I saw. I didn't know the history was so rich and included leaders and social justice pioneers from BIPOC communities."

- Monse Salas, AmeriCorp VISTA and Youth Intern at Latino Service Providers


The Multicultural Roots Project was created with two purposes:

  1. Increase visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa
  2. Recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.

Working with local historians and community partners, Community Engagement staff have been gathering stories and facts about local BIPOC leaders, as well as historical events and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today.


Help us expand this rich record of our community

Share the stories you know or the stories you want to hear about BIPOC leaders and history. Use the tools below to participate in this project.

Stories from Santa Rosa’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color


"This project is important to me because I grew up thinking my community was diverse only because of the people I saw. I didn't know the history was so rich and included leaders and social justice pioneers from BIPOC communities."

- Monse Salas, AmeriCorp VISTA and Youth Intern at Latino Service Providers


The Multicultural Roots Project was created with two purposes:

  1. Increase visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa
  2. Recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.

Working with local historians and community partners, Community Engagement staff have been gathering stories and facts about local BIPOC leaders, as well as historical events and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today.


Help us expand this rich record of our community

Share the stories you know or the stories you want to hear about BIPOC leaders and history. Use the tools below to participate in this project.

Share Your Story

This project celebrates the lives of our BIPOC community leaders. Do you have a story to tell, either your own, your family's, or a community member who inspired you? Share it here to be part of the Multicultural Roots project record. Not all stories will be expanded and published, but all are valued and will be preserved in the project record.

Please be aware that by sharing a story here, you are publicly posting information on this site. If you have any concerns, please reach out to the project team directly.

Thank you for sharing your story with us and enriching the Multicultural Roots project.

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