Las Vegas Juneteenth PRESS RELEASE


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M..D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
web site:

Deborah J. Evans, National Communications Director
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
web site:

7th Annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration Weekend

NJOF Continues Quest for National Juneteenth Day of Observance Legislation

Juneteenth World Sickle Cell Day Celebrates Freedom
at Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Juneteenth’s 152nd Anniversary of Freedom From Enslavement

American Flags of Freedom
American Flags of Freedom

Malcolm Adams
Malcolm Adams

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

(Las Vegas) The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) extends an invitation to its 7th Juneteenth Las Vegas Celebration which has been extended from one to five events, all free, family friendly and open to the public.

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will be honoring Black Military From All Branches of the Service, with emphasis on the 186,000 Civil War Soldiers and 20,000 Civil War Sailors who fought for their own freedom. These include Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the American Revolution, the WWI Harlem Hellfighters, Henry O. Flipper, the first African American military officer, Cathay Williams, the first African American woman to join the armed services, the WWII African American Army Engineers who helped end segregation in the armed services, the Montford Point Marines, the Buffalo Soldiers and the Tuskegee Airmen.

As part of our Washington D.C. celebrations, we also will be having a special Pentagon Juneteenth Flag Ceremony, honoring the 20,000 colored sailors who fought for their own freedom during the Civil War.

June 15, 2017, The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will hold a Juneteenth flag raising, at the Las Vegas City Hall, at 8:30am.

Speakers for City Hall event will be Nevada Democratic Majority Leader, Senator Aaron D. Ford (District 11) and National Juneteenth Observance Foundation supporter, Las Vegas City Council candidate Michele Fiore.

In the 2015 session, Ford served as leader of the Senate Democrats, and he spearheaded the fundraising, recruitment and campaign effort that helped Democrats reclaim the powerful majority position in the 2016 election. Texas born Aaron Ford, while attending George Washington University, taught high school math and launched the Diaspora Club, aimed at educating the teens on African-American history and culture.

Community activist and entrepreneur Michele Fiore spent two terms in the Nevada Legislature representing Clark County’s Assembly District 4. She has  worked on a volunteer basis with Metro’s SWAT team to enhance community safety and provide secure environments for live drills, helping ensure our police are well-trained and on the cutting edge of their profession. She also served on the Metro’s Use of Force Review Board, helping ensure accountability within the department.

June 19, 2017, The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will hold a Juneteenth flag raising, at the Martin Luther King statue in North Las Vegas, at 8:30am. Speakers for the M L King Statue event are still unconfirmed.

Saturday June 17, 2017, West Las Vegas Library, 1:00 pm

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation presents the Culture and History Lecture and Q&A Session with Guest Speaker Malcolm W. Adams. The topic will be: A Retrospective: The state of America as it relates to the descendants of slaves from the perspective of an International Foreign Correspondent who has been in self-imposed exile in Japan for more than 40 years.

Malcolm W. Adams is the Founder, Owner and President & Executive Producer of Totown Communications Group Japan. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he resides in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshu. Adams has had an illustrious career as a TV and Radio News correspondent, TV Producer/Director, Broadcast Journalist and Media Artist for nearly fifty years. He first went to Japan in 1976 as a News Anchorman from KNX News radio, the CBS flagship station in Los Angeles. In 1984 Adams was recruited by Ted Turner to start the Cable News Network in Japan and launch the CNN series "This Week In Japan" for the worldwide CNN Network. Adams has established a lucrative enterprise known as Totown Communications Group Japan which includes Totown Digital Media, The Media Arts Lab, Totown Records, Mal’s Bar and Adams International Academy. The firm is a rising star in the growing field of Cross-cultural Corporate Communications. Adams has received numerous awards throughout his career as a journalist including the Maejima Prize, Japan’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in Journalism. He is the only non-Japanese to have received the award, which is presented by Japan’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.

Sunday June 18, 2017 7th NJOF Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration: History’s eyes are ON YOU
West Las Vegas Library Theater, Noon -- 4:00pm

The multi-tiered celebration will feature legacy tables sharing information from community organizations, the 2017 presentation of lifetime achievement awards, and completing the day’s events will be a free Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Concert. The 2015 Juneteenth Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Donald Cunningham will be the featured headliner.

Monday June 19, 2017 Juneteenth at the Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign 11:00am National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and World Sickle Cell Day Celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth Independence Day, at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will be the Keynote Speaker at this event.

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation was founded, "To bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America.".  NJOF was instrumental in the passing of legislation to recognize Juneteenth Independence Day in Nevada. The legislation, submitted by Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford, was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on May 12, 2011. Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

June 19, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the day in Galveston Texas when General Order No. 3 was read informing all within hearing that, “. . . in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.  

2015 was also the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment. This amendment declared, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

For more information on the celebrations, please contact the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989 or visit the web sites: and

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016. or visit the web site:

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Founder & Chairman of National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) Deborah ‘Dee’ Evans, NJOF National Director of Communications, Gary Teeluv Williams, NJOF Nevada State Director, Malcolm Adams and Donald Cunningham will be available for interviews during the week of June 11, 2017 preceding the 7th Juneteenth Celebration Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration Week. Contact Dee Evans at 702-878-5277 or Gary Teeluv Williams at 402.707.5357.


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