Who We Are

Unify. Educate. Illuminate.


JuneteenthIllinois.com is a collaboration of state, county and local governments, community- and faith-based organizations, civic groups, the arts, and corporate sponsors and your clearinghouse for all things Juneteenth in Illinois. It is a showcase for the myriad commemorations of Juneteenth throughout the state under a single hub. Public, private, and community-based entities across the state are represented on the site, with more being added daily.

Committee members represent all aspects of the Black experience in Illinois. The passage of a Cook County ordinance amendment making Juneteenth a paid holiday and similar pending state and local legislation, compelled the committee members to come together and create a permanent repository for Juneteenth activities, actions, and advocacy. They see this Black Holiday observance as an opportunity to rejoice in, and pay homage to, the resiliency of Black people and affirm the power of our collective voices.


Dennis Deer

Committee Chair
Cook County Commissioner
2nd District

Bill Lowry

Cook County Commissioner
3rd District

Stanley Moore

Cook County Commissioner
4th District

Lakesia Collins

State Representative
9th District

Maria Hadden

Alderman, 9th Ward

LaCreshia Birts

The Black Remembrance Project

Breana Braden

Michael Scott

Alderman, 24th ward

Dushaun Branch-Pollard

New Covenant CDC

Rodney Brown

Melva Brownlee

TJ Crawford

Black Culture Week

Matt Crocker

David Evers

Nathaniel Gaither

Torrence Gardner

Lola Jenkins

Teena Massingill

Ashley Munson

Leslie Perkins

Dorine Poole

Wynona Redmond

Wyn-Win Communications

Shukuntla Rucker

Armando Saleh


Anibal Vega

Lamont Williams

Tonya Williams

Aldine Wilson