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.

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Social Justice in Sonoma County

about 3 years

BIPOC community leaders in Sonoma County led lunch-counter sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement, organized boycotts during the Chicano Rights Movement, and participated in protests for the rights to Indigenous lands. Today, new generations of BIPOC community members raise their voices for social justice, taking on issues of sexual violence, championing Black Lives Matter, and fighting against LGBTQ discrimination. These new leaders continue the work of making Sonoma County a safe, equitable, and inclusive place for all of us. 

We need your help to recognize all of the places that are associated with the struggles for social justice and that are sacred to the people of Sonoma County. Drop a pin on the map to share 

  • where BIPOC leaders have worked, struggled, and fought for social justice.
  • places that are sacred to your community.

At the end of the project, this map of social justice across Sonoma County will be presented to the City Council.

Page last updated: 29 Jun 2022, 02:59 PM