Voices of History and Hope:

The Past and Future of Juneteenth in Montgomery County

June 20, 2023 at 7 p.m.




Montgomery History, Glen Echo Park Partnership for the Arts, and the Washington Revels are excited to present “Voices of History and Hope: The Past and Future of Juneteenth in Montgomery County.” This virtual panel brings together local leaders – founder Jamie Boston (Kensington Juneteenth Celebration), historian Tony Cohen (Button Farm), filmmaker Jason Green (Finding Fellowship), and music director Andrea Blackford (Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices) — to discuss their work to preserve and promote Montgomery County’s African American history through community, agriculture, film, and the arts. Learn what motivated each panelist to pursue and realize their projects and how the national recognition of Juneteenth has affected their work. Be part of the discussion about the future of Juneteenth in the DMV region! Moderated by Shirl Spicer from the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, the program will also feature a special performance that you won’t want to miss!












Shirl Spicer — Cultural Resources Museums Manager, Cultural Resources Stewardship Section / Park Planning & Stewardship Division M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County


Shirl Spicer is the Cultural Resources Museums Manager for the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks, Montgomery County. With over 25 years’ experience working in the museum profession, she has oversight of the Montgomery Parks signature museums, historic sites and interpretation. Among those are the Woodlawn Museum and Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring and the new Josiah Henson Museum & Park in North Bethesda.















Anthony Cohen — President, Menare Foundation


Anthony Cohen is an historian, author, and explorer of the American past. An early purveyor experiential history, Cohen launched his career in 1996, walking two months from Maryland to Canada, along a route of the Underground Railroad. Cohen is the Founder and President of The Menare Foundation, Inc., a national non-profit organization, “Preserving the Legacy of the Underground Railroad,” and operates the Button Farm Living History Center, a 40-acre farm depicting 1850s plantation life in Maryland.














Andrea Jones Blackford — Music Director, Washington Revels Jubilee Voice


Since 1993, Andrea Jones Blackford has been affiliated with Washington Revels in many roles — chorus member; Board member; as founder and music director of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices; and as Associate Artistic Director. Under her leadership since launching in 2010, the Jubilee Voices ensemble has made appearances at historic sites, libraries, churches, community events and concert stages throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These include the National Archives; the Benjamin Banneker Colonial Market Fair; Arlington House; the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; Hampton National Historic Site; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Jubilee Voices has been featured on the PBS show Time Team America and CNN’s Situation Room, and music from the ensemble was also featured in the finale of the PBS Civil War drama, Mercy Street














LTC Jamie Boston, USA (ret.) — Founder, Kensington Juneteenth Celebration


LOUIS J. BOSTON, JR. aka as “Jamie.” He is a graduate of the Washington College of Law and former Student Bar Association President. He earned a LL.M. with a Specialty in Contract and Fiscal Law from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Jamie received his B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.  He was commissioned through a four-year ROTC scholarship and then received an education-delay to attend law school. After completing law school, he served nearly 12 years in the U.S.  Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He is a decorated Iraq combat veteran. Jamie has actively and passionately served the National Bar Association for many years in a multitude of positions. He has served and continues to serve on the Board of Governors & and as Chair of the Veterans Affairs & Military Law Section (VAMLS) for over thirteen years. Additionally, he was awarded the 2020 Difference Makers Award – Making a Difference to the Profession by the ABA GPSolo Division. Recently, Jamie was recognized by the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) as a 2022 Changemaker. Jamie is the founder of the Annual Kensington Juneteenth Celebration which was born from a celebration in his backyard which was fueled by his desire as an African-American father to educate his children about American History, particularly African-American History.














Jason Green — Attorney and Filmmaker, Finding Fellowship


Jason Green is a MD-based attorney, entrepreneur and thought leader on economic opportunity and the future of work. He serves as the Executive-in-Residence for Zeal Capital Partners, a DC-based inclusive investingTM firm focused on eliminating the skills and wealth gap. In 2013, Green co-founded SkillSmart, an award-winning enterprise that empowers communities by providing a skills-based ecosystem to connect employers, job seekers and education providers.  Before co-founding SkillSmart, Jason held several positions in local and federal government, most recently serving as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama. Prior to his time at the White House, Jason served as the National Voter Registration Director for the 2008 Obama Campaign. Jason is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, earned a law degree from Yale Law School, and recently completed his first documentary entitled Finding Fellowship – a story of hope about the unlikely merger of three segregated churches in the divided 1960s. Green serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including chairing the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation.


A trailer for Jason’s film, Finding Fellowship, can be seen here:


Learn more about the film here: www.findingfellowship.film