Voices Underground Juneteenth Festival


Voices Underground (VU) is a non-profit organization that aims to bring forth racial healing through the use of storytelling, scholarly research, and creative partnerships. The event was a three-day festival hosted by VU in honor and celebration of Juneteenth. VU’s goals were to increase brand awareness and build community around the black experience in Chester County through a variety of events. Each event was held in a unique venue in the Chester County area and included a variety of program elements that sparked critical conversations around the local black experience.  Over the course of the 3-day festival more than 750 guests attended and participated in the Juneteenth activities. Overall participants were exposed to critical elements of our nation’s history and engaged with a diverse group of individuals. Features of the festival included:

  • Fireside chat with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. at Longwood Gardens
  • Live musical performances from artists such as Kendrick Scott Trio, and Jazz musician Linda Harris
  • Local black vendors at the Creamery at Kennett Square
  • VIP cocktail reception
  • BBQ Dinner at Lincoln University
  • Fireside chat with Chef Adrian Miller at Lincoln University
  • Book signing, raffles, and swag giveaways   


  • Full event planning –start to finish (timeline, budget, run of show, production schedule, day of event coordination and execution)

  • Management of various stakeholder and planning committees

  • Management of state-wide Juneteenth grantee process

  • Event speaker management

  • Securing and management of local business vendors for farmer’s market