2017 CHICAGO JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance



Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com

             Rev. Donald McFadden
             St. James Missionary Baptist Church
             e-mail: Donald8117@gmail.com

2017 CHICAGO JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Parade and Film Festival

National Juneteenth Chairman Returns Home to Celebrate Juneteenth

Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Wreath Laying Ceremony

Black Veterans Honored During Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

American Flags of Freedom
American Flags of Freedom

Juneteenth Flag Raising
Members of the military raise the
Juneteenth flag at the Martin Luther King
Park in Fort Smith

(Chicago, IL) - National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign Chairman and Chicago native, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., will be returning home to celebrate Juneteenth Independence Day in the windy city.

The CHICAGO JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017. The freedom celebration will include a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the site of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, a Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony honoring black veterans, Juneteenth Parade, Woman's Film Festival and Sacred Juneteenth Jazz Worship Concert.

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger made everyone aware of freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the issuing of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress. Rev. Dr. Myers continues to urge President Trump and the U.S. Congress to establish Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day in America.

As a part of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa in America, observed on the "18th of June," Rev., Dr. Myers, Founder of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and board member of the Chicago based National Black Evangelical Association (NBEA), has traveled across the nation leading reconciliation and healing prayer services with church leaders at the sites of tragic race massacres and lynching, espevcially during the Red Summer of 1919. The Chicago Race Riot, which took place in 1919, caused the deaths of many, because of racial violence from the legacy of enslavement.

"America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement," states Rev. Dr. Myers, Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "The week of the celebration of Juneteenth, affords the nation the best opportunity to constructively confront one of the darkest periods in American history."

A National Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony, honoring black veterans, especially the 186,000 colored troops and 20,000 colored sailors, will take place at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Donald McFadden, Pastor. The event will come two days before a historic Juneteenth Flag Ceremony at the Pentagon, in Washington, DC, on Monday, the "19th of June", as a part of the 17th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH Natonal Holiday Observance.

Following a Juneteenth Parade and Woman's Film Festival, a Sacred Juneteenth Jazz Music Concert with Rev. Dr. Myers, Founder of the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musician (FCJJM), as a part of June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month.

All activities after the Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at St. Joesph Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Donald McFadden, Pastor, 2901 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60612.

For more information on the celebration of Juneteenth in Chicago, contact Rev. Donald McFadden at 773-879-1774 or e-mail: donald8117@gmail.com or Rev. Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com and web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com.


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