FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (5/31/07)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
web sites: www.19thofJune.com
Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot Ignored By National Media and President Bush
National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery
Still No Apology From ABC News For Ignoring the Tulsa Race Riot
(Tulsa, OK) - May 31st and June 1st mark the anniversary one of the worst domestic terrorist acts in modern American history. The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, where 300 and some estimate over 3,000, African-Americans were violently killed and thousands displaced from their homes by fellow white Americans. The tragic event still receives no major coverage in the national media, while the terrorist attack at the 2001 World Trade Center in New York on 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing continues to have major media attention. A lawsuit has been pursued by survivors of the riot.
ABC News has yet to acknowledge their erroneous reporting of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the worst domestic terrorist act in U.S. history, ignoring the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
No acknowledgment by President Bush. No public acknowledgment by Congressional leaders. No news story on CNN. No coverage by FOX News. No discussion on MSNBC. No mention by the Governor of Oklahoma.
"Just like Juneteenth, the "19th of June", America's 2nd Independence Day, America's dark history of domestic terrorism through the lynching and murder of thousands of Americans of African descent continues to be ignored by all major media and personal acknowledgment by President Bush," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), sponsors of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery that takes place during the week of the observance of Juneteenth in America.
"During our National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service we will have some of the names of victims of lynching and racial acts of terrorism read aloud to those in attendance," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., also Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), host of the 2007 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, June 17-22, 2007, in the nation's capitol. "America needs healing from the legacy of slavery and acts of racial violence. Our own domestic terrorist history should not be ignored, but embraced with honesty and a sincere desire for racial healing and reconciliation. We will also read aloud the historic Virginia and Alabama apology for slavery state legislative resolutions."
"MAAFA" (pronounced MAH-AH-FAH) is a Kiswahili word that means great calamity, catastrophe, tragedy or disaster. It is a term describing African-Americans own unique holocaust and tragic loss of life in American history, including the Middle Passage where millions of Africans died on slave ships on the journey from the west coast of Africa to the Americas.
Dr. Myers, who has was formerly appointed National Advisory Chairman of America's Black Holocaust Museum by late museum's founder, Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate apology for lynching during the week of Juneteenth in 2005. Dr. Myers worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) in unsuccessful efforts to get a congressional apology for slavery. He also worked with Virginia state legislator Del. Frank Hargrove to have Juneteenth recognized as a state holiday observance as a first step toward the passage of a resolution to apologize for slavery.
"The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 should not be ignored," states Dr. Myers. "It should be embraced by all Americans as a part history that demonstrates how far we have come and yet need to go to bring closure to decades of racial violence."
The National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 22, 2007, at Faith Tabernacle Church, Rev., Dr. James Love, Pastor, 300 A Street, N.E., Washington, DC, beginning at 11:30am. President Bush has been invited to address those in attendance. Similar "Maafa" memorial services have been held as a part of Juneteenth observances across the country, including New Orleans, Louisiana and Burlington, Vermont.
"We humbly request all Americans of consciousness join us in the remembrance of the thousands Americans who have been victims of racial violence in America," states Rev. Myers. "We hope that President Bush will personally acknowledge the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 as a remembrance of the "Maafa", as he has done for the loss of life and tragedy of 9/11. We hope President Bush will also acknowledge the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, on Friday, June 22, 2007.
For information on the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Slavery, the 2007 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-3364, 662-392-2016, 202-331-8864, or e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web sites: www.Juneteenth.us, www.19thofJune.com and www.njclc.com.