PRESS RELEASE - National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/26/14)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com
F. D. Guyton, Texas Juneteenth State Director
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
web site: www.JuneteenthJazz.com
National Juneteenth Board Meeting
& Conference Convenes in Galveston During
the 150th Year Anniversary of Juneteenth
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
Leaders to Convene Conference in Galveston
Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Awards (JJLA) Program
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
National Juneteenth Jazz Artist
(Memphis, TN) - Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday Observance and the Founder & Chairman National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will convene in Galveston, Texas for the National Juneteenth Board Meeting and Conference, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, during the 150th year anniversary of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in Galveston, TX. Texas was the last state in rebellion to still allow enslavement 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 43 states, starting with Texas in 1979, the District of Columbia and recognized by the U.S. Congress. Dr. Myers is urging congress to pass legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Holiday Observance.
"on June 14, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed legislation designating the '19th of June' as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in America," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "The only step that remains is for Juneteenth Independence Day to be established as a National Day of Observance and placed officially on all calendars. This will take the ledership of President Barack Obama working with congress to make this possible."
"We are very much appreciative of the support congress has given to the recognition of Juneteenth," states Dr. Myers, also Founder and Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "We hope that Texas Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) will continue to support our efforts."
"Juneteenth is a freedom celebration significant for all Americans and the forerunner to the 13th Amendment, " states John Thompson, Founder & CEO of Juneteenth America, Inc. host of the annual National Juneteenth Convention and Expo, in Ontario, California. "Juneteenth brings all Americans together to celebrate the end of enslavery and freedom," continues Thompson. "Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day."
Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Obama to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Holiday Observance and to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission. "The official recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day and the end of enslavement by state governments and congress are very significant steps in bringing healing to America from the legacy of enslavement," states Rev., Dr. Myers, Director of the National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the World Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement.
Introduced twice by former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH), the last time on Juneteenth Independence Day, the "19th of June", 2000, during the first WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the "18th of June" has now been set aside as the date for the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement. The day was established in recognition of former Congressman Tony Hall's efforts to pass a congressional apology for slavery. Dr. Myers, who worked closely with Congressman Hall, learned first hand that America's slave legacy was still a very contemptuous issue for many Americans, who would rather ignore history then embrace the truth.
In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed legislation for an Apology For Slavery and Jim Crow sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN). Similiar legislation was passed in the U.S. Senate sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in 2009, but failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Myers is continuing to push for future legislation that will include the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and the President of the United States.
As the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, minister, physician and jazz musician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., performs across the country promoting "June Is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!" Founder of the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP), Myers also conducts youth jazz workshops and lectures on African American jazz legacy. The NAJJP is the sponsor of several Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Concerts and African American Art Exhibits during Black Music Month, including the historic African-American jazz legacy cities of Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NB.
A special Christian Jazz Workshop will be held during the conference. The workshop will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Myers, who is also Director of the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians (FCCJM).
For more information on the 2015 National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference contact Texas Juneteenth State Director, F. D. Guyton, at 951-373-9779 or Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016, or 662-247-1471; e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com, web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com or www.Juneteenth.us and www.JuneteenthJazz.com.