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WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
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TELL YOUR TWO U.S. SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE
PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO S.J.R. 45 IN 2013!

(Legislation in congress to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance,
like Flag Day or Patriot Day)


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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas)
Sponsor of 2012 legislation in the U.S. Senate to make
Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance,
like Flag Day or Patriot Day


Houston Chronicle
Juneteenth moving from Texas stage to national spotlight

By Robert Stanton     June 15, 2012


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WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Returns to the Nation's Capitol

Myers Request Congress Support Legislation to Establish
Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance

Speaker of the House John Boehner to Host Unveiling of Statue
of Frederick Douglass on Juneteenth at the U.S. Capitol

Myers to host 14th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday
Observance Congressional Juneteenth Reception with Reading of "What
to the American Slave Is Your 4th of July?"
by Frederick Douglass
at the U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to establish June as Juneteenth
African American Jazz Legacy Month at the U.S. Capitol


Ron Myers John Boehner Frederick Douglass
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership
Council (NJCLC), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who will
be hosting a ceremony to unveil statue of Frederick Douglass at the U.S. Capitol on
the "19th of June", Juneteenth (center) and Frederick Douglass, (right), who will
be honored with a reading of his historic speech at the annual WASHINGTON
JUNETEENTH Congressional Reception, "What to the American Slave Is Your
4th of July?"
, also at the U.S. Capitol on Juneteenth.


Ron Myers Danny Davis Carl Levin
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian
Leadership Council (NJCLC), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), (center)
and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), (right) historic sponsors of legislation
recognizing the historic significance of Juneteenth Indepenedence Day
in the U.S. Congress.
(NJOF Press Releases)


Ron Myers Juneteenth Jazz Banner Sheila Jackson Lee
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Association
of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist
will receive legislation from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (right)
establishing June as Juneteenth African American Jazz legacy Month, on the
"19th of June", Juneteenth (center) also at the U.S. Capitol on Juneteenth.



















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Corey S. Krasko * Times Record
Earlton Balles, from left, on alto sax and Kevin Willis on
guitar jam with the Rev. Ronald Myers Sr. during a Jazzy
Tuesday Jam Session for Juneteenth at the Golden Goose
nightclub on North 10th Street. Myers, a physician in
Roland, is the national head of the Juneteenth holiday
movement.




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National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
Chair Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. is
asking Congress to enact legislation to
make Juneteenth a national day of
observance in America.
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Wisconsin
At the Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee, Gov. Jim
Doyle signs a bill that makes Juneteenth Day a legal holiday.
Rev. Ronald Myers (right), who leads a national drive for the
holiday, looks on.

(photo by Michael Sears)





Gov. Doyle
Dr. Ronald Myers, Sr. and Governor Jim Doyle
share a moment following the official signing
of the Juneteenth day legislation. (Gov. Doyle
presented a copy of the book " Juneteenth a
Celebration of Freedom
" by Dr. Myers)

(photo by Harry Kemp)

Milwaukee Courier
Juneteenth legislation signed into law

MC Staff     December 3, 2009


GREAT NEWS!
RHODE ISLAND MAKES 42 STATES TO RECOGNIZE JUNETEENTH
AS A STATE HOLIDAY OR STATE HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE!

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"Together we will see Juneteenth Independence Day
become a National Holiday in America!"



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The Rev. Ronald Myers, founder and national chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation,
congratulates 94-year-old Elbert Theodore Link who was presented the 2010 National Juneteenth Military
Honors Award in Washington on Saturday.
(Submitted photo)




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Proud members of the U.S. Army from Fort Wainwright, AK and Fort Greeley, AK, along with Delta Junction, AK Mayor Mary
Leith-Dowling, Fairbanks, AK NAACP President Tilmon Taylor, Fairbanks, AK School Board Vice-President, Wendy Dominique,
Dr. Ron Myers, Bishop Dave Thomas and staff representatives of Congressman Don Young, Lt. Governor Craig Campbell,
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich attended a Juneteenth Military Honors Awards Reception and Wreath Laying
Ceremony in honor of African American amry engineers who built the Alaska Alcan Highway and completed the Chief
Sikinna River Bridge
on October 28, 1942. Lt. Colonel Timothy Jones and Lt. Colonel Chris Chronis spoke passionately
about the important accomplishments of the completion of the Alaska Alcan Highway during World War II. Dr. Ron Myers,
National Juneteenth Jazz Artist and accomplished jazz musician, performed an original composition on pocket trumpet in
honor of the African American army engineers entitled "Alcan."



Report - 1st Annual
2009 JUNETEENTH ALASKA ALCAN HIGHWAY CELEBRATION
October 28-31, 2009

Dick Griffin, Gov. Parnell & Dr. Myers Ron Myers, Dick Griffin & Dirk Westfall
Rev. Myers, Lt. Gov. Campbell & Bishop Thomas
Dick Griffin and Dr. Myers presenting Gov. Sean Parnell with a copy of the book, "Juneteenth
a Celebration of Freedom"
(top left). Dick Griffin (trombone) in concert with Ron Myers (paino)
& Dirk Westfall (bass) (top right). Dr. Myers & Bishop Dave Thomas receiving an
Alaskan flag flown over the state capital on October 28, 2009 in Juneau, AK
by Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell in honor of the African American army engineers who
brought down the wall of segregation in the U.S. military (bottom).
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Alvin Carter
Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter stands next to one of his
paintings at his former studio on Columbia Street.
Carter, known for his colorful murals and paintings
depicting the African American struggle, died Friday
at the age of 66.
DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO


Bogalusa Daily News
Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter dies

By Jacob Brooks     September 9, 2009











Gov. Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin presented a copy of the book, "Juneteenth a Celebration of Freedom" from
Rev. Ronald Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
at the 2nd Annual Alaska Juneteenth Conference in Anchorage, Alaska at a Juneteenth book
dedication at the the Z. J. Loussac Public Library.
(photo by Bishop Dave Thomas)


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Myers urges President Obama to issue a Presidential
Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National
Holiday Observance in America

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Alvin Carter
Nationally recognized Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter works on a piece he will
present to President Barack Obama on 'Juneteenth,' June 19, in Washington D.C.
Carter will have an Open House, exhibit and registration for his summer art
classes Saturday at his studio, just off Columbia Street on E. 4th Street.
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Time Magazine
A Brief History of Juneteenth

By Gilber Cruz     June 18, 2008



Deval Patrick
Governor Deval Patrick shook hands with children after
signing a proclamation on Juneteenth in Dorchester
yesterday. Massachusetts follows 24 states that have
recognized the date.
(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)


Boston Globe Newspaper
Juneteenth has its day
Mass. to observe date marking final end of slavery

By Brian R. Ballou    June 17, 2007


Ralph Browne
Ralph Browne, Director of the Massachusetts Juneteenth
Holiday Campaign, stands before his house on How Street flanked
by two flags that celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday he recently
helped get recognized by Massachusetts as the end of slavery.
Dave Benoit, photographer


Dorchestor Reporter
Local Activist Helped Push For Juneteenth Recognition
By David Benoit    June 21, 2007



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"Horn in the Corn" Bill Johnson, Photographer, Greenville, MS

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"Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day. The time has
come for Juneteenth to be recognized as a National Holiday
in America!"


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman

National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance





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Del. Frank Hargrove, R-Hanover,
speaks on the floor of the House
during the session at the Capitol
in Richmond, Va., Monday.
(AP)


Boston Globe Newspaper
Va. lawmaker who said blacks should 'get over' slavery
proposes celebrating Juneteenth

Associated Press    January 23, 2007

Daily Progress.com
Hargrove proposes resolution to celebrate end of slavery
The Daily Progress    January 23, 2007

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Proposed Virginia Juneteenth
State Holiday Observance Resolution



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"Myers' efforts are paying off"
Editorial Department   January 24, 2007










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Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Chairman
National Juneteenth Congressional Committee
2005 - Present







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Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL)
Sponsor of Juneteenth Independence Day
legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives


U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the historic significance
of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!



Carl Levin
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sponsor of Juneteenth Independence Day
legislation in the U.S. Senate


U.S. Senate observes the historic significance
of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!



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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT A. REEDER -- THE WASHINGTON POST
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), foreground, and the
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr. seek a national Juneteenth Observance.


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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT A. REEDER -- THE WASHINGTON POST
Juneteenth honors "a time when everyday Americans faced
the most daunting challenges. . . and still persevered," Sen. Barack
Obama said this week. He is joined by Kenton Sparrow, left, and others
at news conference.


Washington Post Newspaper
FOR MANY, TODAY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Avis Thomas-Lester     June 18, 2005






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WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?


"Juneteenth" or "19th of June", is a celebration of the end of enslavement in America. Although rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, the announcement of emancipation did not come until Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to read General Order No. 3, on the "19th of June", 1865. This was more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 41 states. These states are Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Vermont, Nebraska, Ohio, Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Maine, Nevada, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and also in the District of Columbia. Many more states, including South Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Maryland have recognized Juneteenth through special day and year state legislative resolutions and Gubernatorial Proclamations.


In 1996, during the 104th Congress, historic legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins (D-MI), House Joint Resolution 125, and passed the House of Representatives, recognizing "Juneteenth as the day of celebrating the end of slavery in the United States and as the true day of independence for African-Americans in this country."


In 1997, during the 105th Congress, a historic joint Juneteenth resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States through Senate Joint Resolution 11, introduced by Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), and House Joint Resolution 56, introduced by Congressman J. C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK), recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

The California Juneteenth State Holiday Bill is an excellent bill to review as sample legislation. Also review the Arkansas Juneteenth State Holiday Bill, the Mississippi Juneteenth State Holiday Bill and the Kentucky Juneteenth State Holiday Bill.

When a state passes legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the NJOF works with the Juneteenth Organizations in that state to pass legislation for the creation of a State Juneteenth Commission. Through the State Juneteenth Commission, curriculum is developed to teach the history of slavery to freedom through Juneteenth in the public schools, projects are developed to preserve the history of the legacy of slavery to freedom through historic landmarks, monuments and other key historical projects and Juneteenth Celebrations and Festivals are supported through tourism and economic development resources in the state.

The Mississippi Juneteenth Emancipation Commission Bill is an excellent bill to review as sample legislation.

The leader of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" is the Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Rev. Myers, or "DOC" as he is known to his friends, is a Baptist Minister, accomlished jazz musician, family physician and medical missionary serving in the poorest geograhical area in America, the Mississippi Delta, through the Myers Foundation For Indigent Health Care and Community Development. Also Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), "DOC" is a regular visitor to Washington, DC for the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. DOC is available for a fund raising concert or speaking engagement in your area!





WHAT IS THE MAAFA?




The MAAFA is a Kiswahili term for "terrible occurrence" or "great disaster". It refers to the Black Holocaust when millions of Africans died during the journey of captivity from the west coast of Africa to the shores of America, known as the Middle Passage. Our ancestors died in the belly of slave ships or choose death by jumping into the sea rather than live in captivity.

It is a remembrance of the thousands of African Americans lynched and murdered before and after the end of enslavement. This especially includes the Red Summer of 1919 and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, considered the worst domestic terrorist event in U.S. history.

The annual Omaha Juneteenth Maafa Memorial Reconciliation and Healing Prayer Service takes place every year on the "Monday following the 2nd Sunday in June" on the steps of Omaha City Hall. The service is a remembrance of the Red Summer of 1919 and the horrible lynching of Will Brown during the Omaha Race Riot of 1919.

The National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "MAAFA" Memorial Service takes place in Washington, DC, during the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement. It is the National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa in America and occurs each year on the "18th of June", during the week of the observance of Juneteenth in America.

The 2013 Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:00pm, at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Diane Dixon-Proctor, Pastor, 1301 North Carolina Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC. The theme of the Memorial Service is "A Time To Heal, A Time To Pray."



A wreaf laying ceremony has also been scheduled for Wednesday, 5:00pm, on the "19th of June", Juneteenth, at the Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Statue across the street from the church in Lincoln Park. The events are part of the 14th Annual 2013 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.




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WHAT TO THE AMERICAN SLAVE IS YOUR 4TH OF JULY?
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