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Executive Director

Juneteenth KC

Safe Sleep Training

Makeda C. Peterson is a Rockhurst University Alumni (c/o 2008) and has been the acting Program Director of JuneteenthKC since 2012. JuneteenthKC, a 501c3 organization, spearheads the annual development of the City of Kansas City's official Juneteenth celebration activities in addition to providing community programming that promotes healthy lifestyles and socialization within the urban core 365 days a year.


Makeda has been driven since childhood to find ways to serve communities in need and provide positive social engagements to counteract adverse childhood experiences within underserved populations. Motivated by the work of her parents, the late Barbara Lousie Peterson and Horace Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America Incorporated, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the American Jazz Museum, Makeda has continued to make significant impacts in Kansas City providing direct support to thousands of families across the Midwest.


Due to Makeda's dedication to preserving the legacy of her family and African American culture in Kansas City, JuneteenthKC has received proclamations from the City of Kansas City, Missouri in 2012, 2016, and 2019 for leading the coordination of Kansas City's official Juneteenth celebration activities and has been highlighted as a recognized project by the State of Missouri Historical Society Bicentennial celebration in 2021. JuneteenthKC in 2021 also assisted the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council by acting as an agency sponsor to enact Ordinance # 210431 to add Juneteenth as a city employee paid holiday for the City of Kansas City.



Safe Sleep Virtual Training 

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Click Here to Enter the ZOOM Training

Join Makeda Peterson, Front Porch Alliance Safe Sleep Coordinator,
for a Zoom virtual crib training to learn best safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS/SUDS in your household. 

Participants receive a FREE CRIB** , safe sleep materials and baby kits for joining the conversation! 


Must meet eligibility requirements listed below to qualify for a FREE CRIB


*Participant lives in: Jackson, Johnson, Cass, Platte or Clay County 

*MUST be WIC or TANF eligible 

*Participant has a child- must be 12 months or younger or expecting 

Please note: Participants  will be emailed an enrollment form and pre-survey that
MUST BE COMPLETED before the virtual training session to qualify for a crib. 


After the session has concluded you will receive a post-survey that MUST BE COMPLETED to access a link to order your crib and have it directly shipped to your home!!!


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