Response to President Obama's 2010 Juneteenth Statement

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Statement by


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


In response to President Barack Obama's 2010 Juneteenth Statement



"President Obama's 2010 'statement on the occasion of Juneteenth', like his 2009 Juneteenth statement, have little meaning or significance to the leadership of the grassroots 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' in America. Our efforts have resulted in 36 states and the District of Columbia recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, as well as the U.S. Congress.

It can only be considered 'disingenuous' for President Obama to personally acknowledge other significant ethnic days with White House and U.S. Capitol receptions, celebrations and ceremonies for Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick's Day, Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day, etc., and to issue June Presidential Proclamations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month and Caribbean-American Heritage Month and 'refuse' to issue a June Presidential Proclamation for Juneteenth or to participate in the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavenment, the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service or 'June is Black Music Month!' - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - 'Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!'.

As a state senator and U.S. senator from Illinois, President Obama was a visible and vocal supporter of Juneteenth Independence Day, sponsoring a 2006 U.S. Senate Juneteenth Resolution and speaking at several WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance Congressional Juneteenth Receptions. Since becoming the first African American president of the United States, President Obama and his administration continues to distant themselves from our movement by not responding to thousands of petitions, letters and phone calls concerning the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Music Month. This especially includes the establishment of Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance.

President Obama's 'impersonal' Juneteenth statement is an 'insult' to the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' and our ancestors, Americans of African descent, who built the White House and U.S. Capitol during the tyranny of enslavement and celebrated the announcement of freedom from enslavement, on the '19th of June,' 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

Let us continue to pray for God to give needed wisdom and guidance to President Obama concerning the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and Black Music Month in our great country."

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