Chairman's Statement Urging President Trump to Support
JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY Legislation
February 10, 2017
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
Sponsors of the annual
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Founder & Host
National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement - "18th of June"
World Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement - "20th of August"
Their has never been a
President of the United States to issue a
Juneteenth as a
National Day of
Observance in America.
Juneteenth has never been celebrated
and previous presidents have never spoken publically about the significance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
White House and the
U.S. Capitol were built by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of
enslavement. We urge President
Trump to host a
White House Juneteenth reception to honor their sacrifice.
We thank the
U.S. Congress for recognizing the significance of Juneteenth Independence Day through the passage of annual resolutions since 1997.
Most importantly, in 2012, during the 112th Congress, former U.S.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), introduced legislation,
S.J.R 45, to establish
Juneteenth Independence Day a
National Day of Observance, like Flag Day
and Patriot Day.
America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement. The week of the celebration of freedom during Juneteenth presents a great opportunity for our nation to
constructively engage in dialogue concerning the impact of the dark days of enslavement on America.
For this purpose, beginning in the year 2000, the
"18th of June" has been established as the
National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the
National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa in America.
We also urge President Trump to do the right thing and join the U.S. Congress and establish
Juneteenth Independence Day as a
National Day of Observance in America.
Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Day of Observance in America!