CHICAGO JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/11/17)
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)
web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com
Rev. Donald McFadden
St. James Missionary Baptist Church
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
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 issued
General Order #3 officially establishing 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 learning about
General Order #3, 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
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
For more information on the celebration of Juneteenth in Chicago, contact Rev. Donald McFadden at 773-879-1774 or e-mail:
email@example.com or Rev. Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
and web site: