Juneteenth Awards & Competitions

Participate or nominate someone for the Juneteenth Awards and competitions!

Juneteenth Community Awards

In addition to the traditional Juneteenth Awards the Juneteenth Committee are asking for nominations for the Juneteenth Community Awards sponsored by Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Nominees must be active within Winnebago County. All nominees will be asked to attend the Juneteenth Celebration. The winners will be announced during the Juneteenth Celebration on Monday, June 19th. Exact time will be emailed to all nominees and nominators on a future date. Deadline for nominations is June 8th, 2023. Nomination Form 

Community Awards Categories include:
Entrepreneur of the Year – An outstanding new entrepreneur (1-3 years)  that has shown success and has a direct benefit to the black community and our local economy, health and wellness, and/or workforce.
Impactor Award – A local community group that makes a positive continuous impact on the lives of minority community members.

Juneteenth Advocate of the Year – Individual who has been involved in one or more projects that specifically supports the advancement of collaboration in support of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

Unsung Hero-An Individual who works behind the scenes to improve the region/ community. (Seeking someone who often works behind the scenes and/or has not been substantially recognized for passions and efforts)

Faith based Leader of the Year– A faith based leader that shows a passion for the advancement of our diverse community through advocacy, support of equity, inclusion, economic mobility, wellness, collaboration, and belonging.

Live at Levings Talent Show Competition

In collaboration with Tommy Meeks’ Annual Juneteenth Celebration, Live at Levings presents the Live at Levings Talent Show (at Sinnissippi Park). This talent show is for all ages who are want showcase their talent within the inspirational/Christian genre. Show your talents in areas of singing, praise dancing, acting, juggling, rapping, poetry, comedy, & more! The competition will take place at Sinnissippi Park at 5:00pm.


1st Place :$1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $300

1st & 2nd place winners will compete in the finals on August 21, 2022!

Sign up early, or the day of (pending slots are available). For more information contact Harlan Jefferson at 815-621-4319


Help us celebrate the Past Juneteenth Award Recipients!

Join us in congratulating the previous year’s Juneteenth Community Awards Recipients.

2022 Recipients


2021 Recipients