Juneteenth Celebrations for King County employees

There are several Juneteenth events scheduled celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. These presentations will provide insights, education, and personal experiences from a historical and current day perspective. All King County employees are invited to attend.

Stories from the Road to Freedom – SPARKS! conversation series

Stories from the Road to Freedom, narrated by Deon Cole, gives a fresh perspective of the Black Movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. The film uses first-hand accounts, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen archival footage, and home movies to chronicle African American life as lived by regular people, in their own words, through over 100 years of social upheaval.  (Runtime: 87 min)

After the film, go deeper with your questions, seek answers and hear discussion about major turning points in our continuing journey toward racial healing and wholeness, as a nation. 

Additional insight, commentary, and facilitation will be provided by Cecelia Hayes, Equity Social Justice and Engagement Senior Practitioner, Executive Services. 

  • Friday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Join the Zoom meeting
  • Meeting ID: 939 0108 9084


A Liberation Celebration with Tales from Our Griots

This event is part of our Transformational Conversations (Town Hall Series 2020-2021), and indeed marks the one-year  anniversary of the Town Hall Series, which began with Black King County employees being moved to mark, authentically acknowledge, and hold space collectively in response to the murder of George Floyd.

The Juneteenth celebration continues the conversations by featuring Black Elders who have worked for King County in the past and in the present, and still work in our communities.  Our honored guests include: 

  • Judge J. Wesley Saint Clair, former Presiding Judge for King County District Court and Superior Court Judge
  • Ms. Paula Harris-White, JD and former Workforce Equity Manager, King County
  • Mr. Michael Hepburn, JD and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at King County

Use the following information to join this special virtual event:

  • Monday, June 14 from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Join the Zoom meeting
  • ID: 986 6927 8925; Passcode: 531644


King County Executive & Legislative Branches present:

Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga
Tacoma Program Dean, Evergreen State College
Author, activist and entrepreneur

With special presentations of
“The Unspoken Truths” by Delbert Richardson
and a performance by Acts on Stage


  • Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Live on King County TV
  • Comcast channels 22 and 322


Be on the lookout for communication from the Black African Women’s Affinity Group regarding additional planned activities for the week leading up to June 19.