Ethnic GEM, June Archer

Ethnic GEM: June Archer 

Title: CEO & Social Media Marketing Manager 

Company:  The June Archer School of Arts & Eleven28 Entertainment, LLC 

State: Windsor, CT 


Submitted by Leonard Webb


June Archer, Best-Selling Published Author, “Artist-in-Residence” University of Connecticut, TV Personality, Lecturer, Keynote Speaker, Senior Director Of A&R at YousicPlay who also just happens to be a down to earth good human being! 

In 2013 June established the 100 Men of Color Gala & in 2015 the 100 Women of Color Gala which honors and highlights the who’s who in the state of Connecticut doing great things in their industry and our communities! 

Born and raised in the Hartford/Windsor CT area, this Ethnic GEM was built for his current passion.  June shared with me that he was a “huge fan of Michael Jackson and New Edition growing up and created a singing group with childhood friends to live out our dreams of being on stage like Michael Jackson and New Edition.” 

We talked about influencers and mentors who have been part of his journey and June points out “there are so many mentors that I can’t mention because at every turn along your journey you will find a mentor or what I like to view them as, road signs. If I had to mention a few, they would be the amazing and legendary Music Executive Sylvia Rhone, my uncle Jerry Long, my friend Jimmy McMikle, John Motley, Darrell Decker, Delroy Thomas, my mentee Brandon McGee, Jr and my cousin Julian Alexander.” 

In addition to being called on to be a Keynote Speaker & Lecturer, June has been asked and has accepted positions as a Board of Directors for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, The Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, Board of Council for “Wellness U” The Mental Health App as well his organization The June Archer School of Arts and The June Archer Foundation. 

June has been honored and recognized by several influential organizations: 

  • 2002: “Hot Chocolate Soul Day” in the City of Hartford  
  • 2008: “June Archer Day” In the City of Hartford  
  • 2012: The Walk Worthy Award / “Passing the Torch” Luncheon  
  • 2013: 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut Law Enforcement & Community Award / The Men & Women for Justice, Inc “100 Men of Color Day” in The City of Hartford & State of Connecticut Commitment & Dedication of Service / Senator Richard Blumenthal  
  • 2014: The Spirit of Juneteenth Award / The Amistad Foundation Dedicated Community Service Award / Small Business Night Out Awards Dr. Ivor Echols Community Service Award / The Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers Community Service Award / YMCA “June Archer Day” In the City of Hartford  
  • 2015: Community Service Award / VOYA Financial”100 Women of Color Day” in The City of Hartford & State of Connecticut  
  • 2016: Community Service Award / The KnotCommunity Service Award / Southern New England Church of God Lifetime Achievement Award / CT Fashion & Music Awards Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr “Distinction Award” / Martin Luther King, Jr Commission of The State of Connecticut 
  • 2017: Community Service Award / Allen Chapel AME Church Silver Eagle Award / United Supreme Council Ebenezer Bassett Humanitarian Award / Central Conn. State University  
  • 2018: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Drum Major Award / Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Inc  
  • 2019: Humanitarian Social Service Award / Heart Bible Institute  
  • 2020: The Cultural Heritage Award / The Urban League Outstanding Achievement in Music and the Community Award / Lady Flava Radio Network  
  • 2023: Pioneer and Trailblazer of The Year Award / All Black Awards Community Trailblazer / Hartford Book Festival Community Award / Southern Conn. State University. The Inspiration Award / W.I.S.E Network the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award / President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

And of course, his latest 2024 NYBU Community Impact Award! 

On his downtime, you can find June playing golf and listening to good music which are just two of his favorite hobbies. 

June says 5 years from now his goal is to be seen as a FOUNDER that changed the look of education and pioneered Arts back into school and curriculum. I would also like to be seen as a great TV Host with my own show that inspires and motivates people to live their best lives.  Yeah, I can see that too! 


If you know June Archer be sure to congratulate him on being an Ethnic GEM! 

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