Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Bernie Wilkins, Founder

It is my passion to see the Observance of Juneteenth become a national event. It is important that we can identify and celebrate specific occasions of freedom for our people. Juneteenth is not or should not be limited to certain geographic areas. “All African-Americans were affected by this proclamation. This is another opportunity to celebrate freedom.

Sylvia Lewis-Harris, President 

Sylvia has been a member of the Delaware Juneteenth Board of Directors for over twenty years and strives to continue its legacy of cultural and family enrichment.

Sandy Clark, Pageant Director

Sandy is a native Delawarean. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Springfield College with a B.S. Degree in Human ServicesNow retired, she is a consultant, lending her services to non-profit organizations catering to youth programming. She is an active member of Simpson United Methodist Church

Her affiliation with the Delaware Juneteenth Association (DEJA) has proven to be one of her most rewarding accomplishments. DEJA brings activities to the city of Wilmington in June of each year celebrating the freedom of the last slaves on June 19, 1865. As part of the Annual Juneteenth Celebration, she has directed the Juneteenth Youth Pageant which will be celebrating 23 years. She became inspired by being chosen 3rd runner-up in the Mrs. Delaware Pageant in 1989, never dreaming she would someday be able to use this experience in helping young ladies.

Sandy provides programming surrounding self-esteem, identity and career development, service learning, poise and etiquette, spiritual development, academic achievement and expression through the arts.  By her actions and years of service, Sandy has shown her dedication and commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders.

She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and received an Unsung Heroine Award from the Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter for her diligence in Community Service.  She was also nominated for a Kids Count Award for Community service and an Employee of the Year Award from the Division of Family Services.  Other recognitions include being selected by the News Journal as one of the “Top 50 People Who Matter in the State of Delaware” and a national recipient of the “50 States in 31 Days of Giving” Community Service award from Happiness Happens, a Community Impact Alumni Award from Springfield College and induction into Duffy’s Hope Hall of Fame.  

Her most recent recognition came from her colleagues of the Delaware Juneteenth Association, being honored with the “SANDRA M. CLARK SERVICE AWARD”, to be presented annually to a deserving youth, ages 8-18 for their Exemplary Community Service.

Out of all of her accomplishments, her first and foremost is her family She has been married to her husband, Jesse for 55 years; one daughter, Dr. Adrienne Bey; son-in-law, Randy Bey; two granddaughters, Sabrina Bey and Brandi Neal; a grandson-in-law, David Neal and an amazing 18-month old great grandson, Clark Adrian David Neal.

Sandy says she owes all her accomplishments to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!   


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