Iowa Juneteenth Observance
A Program of the Connect Foundation
The Iowa Juneteenth Observance in Des Moines symbolizes the African-American experience in the annals of United States history. Our purpose is to educate Iowans on Juneteenth history through cultural diversity activities that help to preserve the Iowa Juneteenth Observance african-american history experience for future generations.
The Iowa Juneteenth Observance respects the cultural diversity of Iowa and recognizes the importance of sharing the African-American experience in a manner that promotes a better understanding of, and appreciation for, strengthening the bonds within the larger community of freedom-loving people across this state.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "We are prone to judge success by the index of our own salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity."
We are proud of our non-salaried dedicated staff of volunteers who are committed to buiding better communities by assisting with economic, social, and political development.
Below are several pictures taken last year of our current King & Queen. They are serving a 2-year term that expires in June of 2015. In addition to their other duties, the King & Queen are ambassadors for the Iowa Juneteenth Observance.
1993-94 Paul and Doriss Wilson - Des Moines
1994-96 Robert A. and Mabel Jackson - Des Moines
1996-97 Harry and Dorithy Taylor - Des Moines
1997-98 Orsel and Nellie Morrow - Des Moines
1998-99 William (Sr.) and Venita Wells - Des Moines
1999-'00 Robert and Hessie Jenkins - Des Moines
2000-01 Peter and Frances Hawthorne - Des Moines
2001-02 Edward and Barbara Robinson - Des Moines
2002-03 Thomas and Oreatha Spears - Des Moines
2003-04 Willie and Janie Zanders - Waterloo
2004-05 Frank and Bernie Hogan - Des Moines
2005-06 William and Edith Sharp - Des Moines
2006-07 Robert (Sr.) and Geraldine Sharp - Des Moines
2007-08 Robert L. (Sr.) and Rebecca King - Des Moines
2008-09 Robert A. (Sr.) and Berniece Wright - Des Moines
2009-10 Johnny E. (Jr.) and Barbara J. Long - West Des Moines
2010-11 Alex and Vera Crawford - Des Moines
2011-13 George and Marji Shade - Des Moines - Des Moines
2013-15 Walter and Donna (Douglas) Henderson - Des Moines
From 1993 to 2011, with one exception, Kings & Queens served one-year terms begining in June. In 2011, Kings & Queens began serving two-year terms.
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