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The Founder/Visionary

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Annapolis Juneteenth 2021 was the direct result of a vision God gave me one night. I awoke and told my husband about the vision. I saw what appeared to be an overwhelming crowd of people coming together in Annapolis, MD for a festival. The word that God gave me was simply "Juneteenth". My immediate response was simply, "God if it falls on a Saturday, then I will do whatever you are calling me to do." Needless to say, Juneteenth fell on a Saturday. Thus the vision was born. 

I am in awe of God's power and plan to bring more than 7000 people together in Annapolis on June 19, 2021 for the first Juneteenth Celebration in the history of the city of Annapolis. Not only did we have an amazing two-day celebration but County Executive Stuart Pittman and the county council officially designated June 19th a holiday  in Anne Arundel County. In 2022, the celebration drew more than 12000 persons to our city!

 

In our efforts to prepare for 2023, help and donations are needed. We welcome your willingness to assist. All contributions are tax-deductible and can be made out to Annapolis Juneteenth. 

Phyllis "Tee" Adams

Executive Director

Dreamers Making A Difference, Inc.

Passing the Mantle

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Bishop Craig Coates and Phyllis "Tee" Adams lead the parade in 2022.

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For the past two years, Mrs. Tee has been assisted by a dynamic team of volunteers and organizers. One of her supporters has been Bishop Craig N. Coates, creator of "Freedom Way", the educational exhibit centered around Juneteenth. He served as fiscal agent in 2021 and all-around support to the vision in 2022. 

 

In 2023, the mantle was passed to Dr. Coates and his organization, Celebrate Juneteenth Annapolis Corporation. 

 

In the same spirit as Mrs. Adams, Dr. Coates lead a dynamic team continuing to build upon the vision for celebrating Black liberation in the United States. Juneteenth Annapolis 2023 attracted over 14,000 attendees to the  gala, parade and festival. 

In our efforts to prepare for 2024, help and donations are needed. We welcome your willingness to assist. All contributions are tax-deductible and can be made payable to Celebrate Annapolis Juneteenth. 

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