Why Mr and Ms Juneteenth?

Celebrating Juneteenth is necessary for Blacks in America because it celebrates our freedom and sheds light on the opportunity those freedoms allow.


Celebrating Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth is just as necessary.  Honoring Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth brings awareness to those in our community using their opportunity in a way that shines on others.  


Who do you know that is active and aware of what's happening in our city?  Who stands out because they are always standing up for others in Kansas City?  Who is working to enact positive change?  Who would you choose to represent our community as Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth 2021?


Quinton Lucas, “Mayor Q,” was sworn in as the 55th mayor of Kansas City on August 1, 2019. 


As mayor, Quinton has prioritized making Kansas City’s neighborhoods safer, creating more accessible and affordable housing and public transportation, fostering a healthier community and improving basic services. Quinton created and chairs the City’s Special Committee on Housing Policy.


Born and raised in Kansas City, Quinton has spent most of his life in the city’s urban core. As a child, he moved often and experienced homelessness, sometimes staying with family or friends, or residing in a motel. Despite these challenges, Quinton remained focused on his schoolwork, earning academic scholarships to high school, college and Cornell Law School before returning home to Kansas City.


Since 2012, Quinton has been a member of the University of Kansas Law School faculty, where he served as one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the country. He is active in the Kansas City community and volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including providing mentorship in local prisons. 


Quinton lives in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, which he previously represented on the City