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Rochester Juneteenth Festival Planning Partners


Greater Rochester Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

The Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission (GRMLK) was founded in September 1985, by Willis Sprattling and Isaiah Jackson. These leaders served as the Vice President of Public and Community Relations at Xerox Corporation and the Associate Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively.  GRMLK serves as the official body charged with the recognition of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Rochester area. The Commission was organized to celebrate the first national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has since produced the Annual Martin Luther King Day Community-wide Celebration at the Eastman Theater and the Juneteenth Festival. The Commission aims to host other events to propagate Dr. King's philosophy of Non-Violence, Economic Justice, and Community Empowerment.

Simeon Banister, Chair

City of Rochester - Mayor's Office

The Evans Administration promotes positive systemic and structural change by providing transparent and collaborative leadership, offering equitable access to essential municipal services, enabling productive intergovernmental private and non-profit partnerships, and promoting increased quality of life through investments that create vibrant neighborhoods and employment opportunities making Rochester a hope-filled city with an exciting future.


Malik Evans, Mayor


Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello took office in 2020 and masterfully guided the county through the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest public health crisis our community has ever experienced. He continues to prioritize public health, public safety, and infrastructure while facilitating economic and workforce development to Bring Monroe Back stronger than before. County Executive Bello has worked tirelessly to attract new businesses and industries to our region, support existing small businesses, promote equity, ensure transparency in county government, invest in public assets and safeguard taxpayer dollars. Overwhelmingly reelected in November 2023, County Executive Bello will continue implementing policies and initiatives that improve the quality of life for all residents of Monroe County - ensuring our community is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  

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