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2022 Festival Planning Committee

Meet some of the amazing planning committee chairs for the 32nd Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival!

Jan F. Lee Chair and Board President

Jan F. Lee

Chair & Board President

What is your favorite part of the festival? I love the energy of the festival! All of the love and positive vibes that can be felt when our community comes together. People connect, learn new things, eat good food, and hear great music! #Fortheculture

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Carolyn Young

Food Vendor Chair

Favorite memory of the festival? Some fond memories of the festival are when it was at Crownsville Fairgrounds and St. John’s College. My most recent favorite memory of the festival is the now Downtown area where the boating and restaurant communities have embraced us in encouragement and some partnerships to spread the knowledge of our history, heritage, and love for all people.

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    Skye Bailey

    Hospitality Chair

    How many years have you been involved with the festival? Since July 2017. What is you favorite memory of the festival? Seeing Expressions Dance Company perform a routine to the music of Black Panther.

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      Dr. Debbie Wood

      Children's Activity Tent Chair

      How many years have you been involved? I have been part of the festival, representing Chesapeake Children's Museum, for almost 29 years. I also represent the Clones of Funk - a local band that often closes out the event. Favorite memory of the festival? My favorite part of the festival is when the Clones of Funk are playing, and I start dancing, and people look confused and surprised because they've seen me interacting with children all day. Other people recognize me instantly as the “funklady” and dance with me.

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      Danielle Young

      Vice Chair & Chair of Arts & Crafts Vendors

      How many years have you been involved with the festival? I started volunteering in 2000, helping sell sodas and drinks. I became the chair of arts and crafts in 2012. What is your favorite part of the festival? Seeing all of us come together as a community, and as a people.

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      Enid Collison-Lee

      Education & Community Vendor Chair

      What do I see for the future of the festival? I have been enthusiastic to see the festival grow since 2015 until COVID-19. My hope is that we will get more support from the community and the city as we have almost surpassed the space the city has made available to us. I would urge anyone who is willing to join us and to lend your expertise and service to help us to continue to grow to volunteer. It takes a community!!

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        Keith A. Rowel

        Entertainment Chair

        Favorite memory of the festival? Working with the committee and seeing it all come together. What do you see for the future of the festival? National and global connections.

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        2022 Festival Planning Committee

        Jan F. Lee

        Chairperson & Board President


        Danielle Young

        Vice-Chairperson and

        Arts & Crafts Committee Chair


        Dr. Debbie Wood, Chesapeake Children's Museum

        Children's Activity Tent

        Enid Collison-Lee

        Education & Community Committee Chair

        Keith A. Rowel, KARMusic

        Entertainment Committee Chair

        Carolyn Young

        Food Committee Chair

        Skye Bailey

        Hospitality Committee Chair

        Herbert Lee, Jr & Herbert Lee, III

        Logistics Committee Chairs

        Tomica Phillips

        Volunteer Committee Chair

        Committee Members:

        Daniel Mushala, Dee Davis, Donald Jackson, Duane Pergerson, Meke Cole, Mike Stump


        Siole Bailey

        If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please email

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