National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
                         Celebration of Freedom

                         

2001
9/09/2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9/9/01)



Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             P.O. Box 29
             Belzoni, MS 39038
             662-247-1471
             202-331-8864
             e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
             web sites: www.19thofjune.com
                            www.njclc.com
                            www.njof.org



NATIONAL JUNETEENTH BLACK
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SERVICE




(Washington, DC) - The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) will be hosting the 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Lincoln Memorial and National Mall, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The Memorial Service will be part of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance, June 13-19, 2002, in Washington, DC.

"Our country needs healing from what slavery has inflicted upon generations of Americans," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the NJCLC. "Only when we are able to acknowledge the atrocity of slavery, where millions of our ancestors died in the middle passage and thousands more were murdered and lynched before and after the Civil War, can the healing of our nation truly move forward."

The NJCLC, sponsors of the 3rd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, on Wednesday, the "19th of June", 2002, in Washington, DC, supports the efforts of Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) to have Congress "officially apologize for slavery" and efforts by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for members of Congress to have a National Day of Reconciliation. The group also supports the establishment of Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday.

In a recent letter to President Bush, Rev., Dr. Myers encourages him to lead the nation toward racial reconciliation and healing through participation in the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, establishment of a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, issuing of a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance and addressing the national during Juneteenth Independence Day at the White House.

President Bush, while acknowledging Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican-American freedom celebration, refused to acknowledge Juneteenth Independence Day at the White House last June. "We are praying that President Bush will lead the nation by example and acknowledge the end of slavery in America and the need for healing from the legacy of slavery in America, " states Rev., Dr. Myers. "The White House and the U.S. Capitol were both built through uncompensated slave labor during the tyranny of slavery. As the former Governor of Texas, where Juneteenth began in 1865, surely President Bush understands the significance of the '19th of June' in America."

For information on the 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, the 3rd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Slavery, the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-1471, 202-331-8864, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web sites: www.njclc.com, www.juneteenthshoppingmall.com, www.njof.org, or www.19thofJune.com.



September 9, 2001



The Honorable George Bush
President
United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC 20501

Dear Mr. President:

The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) will be hosting our 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, on Saturday, June 15, 2002, from 1:00pm-5:00pm, at the Lincoln Memorial and National Mall, in Washington, DC. As the leader of our nation, we invite your participation in this historic Memorial Service through addressing those in attendance. Our country needs healing from the legacy of slavery and your participation in the service will be an important part of that healing process for all Americans.

As with previous correspondence, I encourage you to lead the nation toward racial reconciliation and healing through your participation in the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, establishment of a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, the issuing of a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance and by addressing the nation during Juneteenth Independence Day from the White House each year.

Mr. President, we are praying for God to give your much grace and wisdom in leading the nation toward true racial reconciliation and healing through the acknowledgment of the end of slavery in America.

In Christ's Love,



Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Founder & Chairman


1st Annual
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH BLACK HOLOCAUST
MEMORIAL SERVICE



"A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray"



1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 2002
Juneteenth Independence Day
(Observed on the 3rd Saturday in June)
Lincoln Memorial - National Mall
Washington, DC



Let us come together to repent for the sin of slavery and ask God to heal our land!

Let us come together to pray for racial reconciliation and healing from the legacy of slavery in our nation!



For information contact:

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
P.O. Box 29 Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-1471
662-247-1384 Fax
202-331-8864
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                   www.njclc.com
                   www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

_____________________________________________________________________________
9/09/2001

NATIONAL JUNETEENTH CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
P.O. Box 29
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-1471


Semptember 9, 2001


The Honorable George Bush 
President 
United States of America 
The White House 
Washington, DC 20501 

Dear Mr. President: 

The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) will be hosting our 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, on Saturday, June 15, 2002, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm, at the Lincoln Memorial and National Mall, in Washington, DC. As the leader of our nation, we invite your participation in this historic Memorial Service through addressing those in attendance. Our country needs healing from the legacy of slavery and your participation in the service will be an important part of that healing process for all Americans. 

As with previous correspondence, I encourage you to lead the nation toward racial reconciliation and healing through your participation in the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, establishment of a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, the issuing of a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance and by addressing the nation during Juneteenth Independence Day from the White House each year. 

Mr. President, we are praying for God to give your much grace and wisdom in leading the nation toward true racial reconciliation and healing through the acknowledgment of the end of slavery in America. 

In Christ's Love, 


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. 
Founder & Chairman
_____________________________________________________________________
6/19/2001

BROWNBACK ADDRESSES JUNETEENTH EVENT

Contact: Senator Sam Brownback (United States Senator - Kansas)
             c/o Erik Hotmire
             303 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
             Washington, DC 20510
             (202)-224-8950

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback today spoke at the Washington Juneteenth Annual Observance held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol building. He addressed three related topics: the importance of commemorating Juneteenth, the legislation to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and modern-day slavery.

"I commend Rev. Dr. Ronald Myers and his committee for their work in ensuring that Juneteenth is nationally commemorated and celebrated in our nation's capitol," Brownback said. "It is paramount that we continue to educate our nation and future generations on the legacy of African Americans."

In May, Brownback along with Sen. Max Cleland, Reps. John Lewis and J.C. Watts introduced bi-cameral, bi-partisan legislation to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. "There are over 200 African American history museums across the nation that tell portions of the African American story," Brownback said.

"Yet on the national mall, there is no museum set aside to honor this legacy. This story must be showcased at a national level. I believe that this museum will both celebrate African American achievement and serve as a landmark of national conscience on the historical facts of slavery and the Civil Rights struggle."

"We cannot undo the history of slavery in America. However, we can learn from it. We often seek to avert our gaze from ugly periods in our history. Only by squarely facing our past can we learn from it and help ensure that similar injustices will never happen again."

"We have an extraordinary opportunity before us - a chance to learn, understand, remember and honor our nation's history together and an opportunity to end the horrible practice of slavery worldwide," Brownback said.

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) was founded in 1999 by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Juneteenth refers to the date June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX to inform by proclamation from the Executive of the United States that all slaves were free. Texas was the last state to receive this official order. The former slaves of Texas marked this occasion by celebrating their freedom on this date, commemorated the date by naming it "Juneteenth" and passed the tradition onto their descendants._____________________________________________________________________
6/18/2001

SHEILA JACKSON LEE
18th District, Texas
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-3816

June 18, 2001


President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20540

Dear President Bush:

I am writing to urge you to sign a proclamation of enormous importance for the African-American community in America.

The proclamation concerns Juneteenth Independence Day, the 19th day of June.  America declared its freedom to the world on July 4th, 1776.  However, this freedom did not include slaves or their descendants. & It would take the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and then June 19th, 1865 to ensure freedom for slaves in confederate states.  On this date in 1863, Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 to the slave population in Galveston, TX. This marks the 19th of June as America's 2nd Independence Day and the oldest African American celebration of emancipation.

The "19th of June," or "Juneteenth" is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States. In 1997, the 105th Congress of the United States passed S.J. Res. 11 and H.J. Res 56, officially recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day.  A presidential proclamation is all that is required for Juneteenth Independence Day to be recognized as a National Holiday in the United States.

Today, millions of Americans of all races, creeds, religious and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Juneteenth.  This due in large part to the hard work and dedication of organizations like the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council, and Juneteenth America, Inc.

Juneteenth is now a state holiday in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. & Illinois and Vermont have passed legislative resolutions recognizing Juneteenth as National Emancipation Day for African Americans.  Other states including Iowa, Oregon, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, South Carolina, New Jersey, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and Maryland are considering similar state holiday legislation to commemorate Juneteenth Independence Day.

As Juneteenth celebrations continue to spread, so does a greater appreciation of African-American history.  We must revive and preserve Juneteenth not only as the end of a painful chapter in American history, but also as a reminder of the importance of preserving the lines of communication between the powerful and the powerless in our society.

Mr. President, I respectfully urge you to issue a proclamation proclaiming Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday.  The "19th of June" is an important day for all Americans to observe.  "Until all are free, none are free" is an oft-repeated maxim that highlights the manner of the end of slavery in the 'United Sates. & I will stand ready to work with you toward the goal of achieving greater harmony and racial reconciliation, Mr. President.  We can further this goal by making sure that all are remembered.

Sincerely,


Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress

_______________________________________________________________________
6/09/2001

PDATE - National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign-State by State Analysis (6/9/01)

To National Juneteenth Network, State Coordinators and Friends:

The campaign to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday continues to gain great momentum as Juneteenth State Holiday Bills are being introduced throughout the country.

The following states have legislators who have either introduced or plan to introduce State Juneteenth Holiday Bills or Resolutions acknowledging Juneteenth or who have committed to do so during the present state legislative sessions:

Alabama - Rep. James Thomas - 334-682-9590
Arkansas - Rep. Linberg Thomas - (*contact Arkansas Juneteenth State Coordinator, Ignatius Higgins, III - 870-382-5281)
California - Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (*contact NJOF Vice-Chairman, John Thompson - 909-268-7104)
Connecticut - Rep. Kenneth Green - 860-240-8566
Illinois - State Senator Barack Obama - 773-363-1996
Indiana - State Senator Billie Breaux - 317-232-9849
Maryland - State Senator Joan Carter Conway - 410-841-3145
Massachusetts - State Senator Diane Wilkerson - 617-722-1673
Michigan - Rep. Artina Tinsley Hardman - 517-373-1776
Mississippi - Rep. Robert Clark, Rep. Omari Scott & Rep. James Evans (*contact NJOF Chairman Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.)
Montana - Rep. Joan Hurdle - (*contact Montana Juneteenth State Coordinator, Ruth Curtis - 406-252-7263) New Jersey - State Senator Diane Allen - 609-239-2800 and State Senator Donald DiFrancesco 908-322-5500
New Mexico - Rep. Cheryl Williams - 505-265-6089
New York - State Senator John Sampson - 718-649-7653
North Carolina - State Senator Howard Lee - 919-715-3030
Ohio - State Senator Rhine McLin - 614-466-6247
Oregon - State Senator Avel Louise Gordley - 503-986-1710
Pennsylvania - Rep. John Myers - 215-849-6896
Rhode Island - Rep. Joseph Almeda - 401-467-7033
South Carolina - State Senator Magie Wallace Glover - 843-669-6282
Tennessee - Rep. Ulysis Jones - 615-741-4575
Virginia - State Senator Henry L.Marsh, III - 804-698-7516
Wisconsin - Rep. Spencer Coggs - (*contact NJOF Board Member Adekunle Wilson - 414-614-7658)

The following states recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday or State Holiday Observance through a Bill:

Texas - Rep. Al Edwards - 713-741-8800 (passed 1980)
Florida - Rep. Alzo Reddick - 407-342-4700 (passed 1991)
Oklahoma - State Senator Maxine Horner - 405-521-5598 (passed 1994)
Delaware - State Senator Margaret Rose Henry - 302-577-8518 (passed 2000)
Idaho - State Senator Robbi King-Barrutia - (*contact Idaho Juneteenth State Coordinator, Joel B. McNeal - 208-587-3227) (passed 2001)
Alaska - Rep. Lisel McGuire - (*contact Alaska Juneteenth State Coordinator, Dino Allen - 907-269-8993)

The following states recognize Juneteenth through Senate or House Legislative Joint Resolution or Special Day recognition:

Iowa - Senator Jack Holveck (*contact Iowa Juneteenth State Coordinator Gary Lawson - 515-274-1433)(passed 2001)
Kentucky - Rep. Reginald Meeks - 502-852-0824(passed 2001)
Louisiana - Rep. Willie Hunter - (*contact Louisiana Juneteenth State Coordinator Sadie Roberts- Joseph 225-355-8086)(passed 2001)
Vermont - Rep. Mark Larson (*contact Vermont Juneteenth State Coordinator Shirley Boyd-Hill - 802-878-1414)(passed 2001)

States where key state legislators have been contacted but will not support efforts for Juneteenth State Holiday recognition:

Washington - State Senator Rosa Franklin - 360-786-7652

To the best of my knowledge, any states or US Territories not indicated above do not have a State Senator or Representative who have agreed to introduce and support Juneteenth Holiday Bills in their states. If you know of a state legislator who will support Juneteenth legislation in any states not listed, please contact me or the Juneteenth State Coordinator with their name and phone number. Go to www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com for a list of Juneteenth State Coordinators and their contact information.

Together, we will see Juneteenth established as a National Holiday in America!

"DOC" Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
662-247-1471 O
662-247-3364 H
www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
www.19thofJune.com
www.NJOF.org
www.NJCLC.com
www.MyersFoundation.net
__________________________________________________________________________
5/31/2001

UNETEENTH AMERICA, INC. 

"Perfecting Unity"


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (5/31/01) 



Contact: Trudy Coleman, Cofounder 
             Juneteenth America, Inc.                                         
                   
             123 W. "B" Street, Ste. H                                   
             P.O. Box 1356 
             Ontario, CA  91762 
             (877) 988-5810 Fax (909)988-8710 
             email: juneteentham@earthlink.net                                
                                                                               
      



NATIONAL JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN COMES TO CALIFORNIA 

STATE SENATOR NELL SOTO TO INTRODUCE STATE JUNETEENTH LEGISLATION 

CALIFORNIA JUNETEENTH LEADERS URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO ESTABLISH JUNETEENTH AS 
A NATIONAL HOLIDAY 

ANNOUNCING THE "12TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FAMILY REUNION CELEBRATION", JUNE 23, 
2001, AND THE "4TH NATIONAL JUNETEENTH CONVENTION/EXPO", AUGUST 17TH & 18TH, 
2001 

PRESS CONFERENCE: 


DATE: 6/4/01, TIME: 11:00AM - 12:30PM, ONTARIO CONVENTION CTR. (lobby) 

(Ontario, CA) - California State Senator Nell Soto (D)-Ontario will be 
introducing a resolution to establish Juneteenth as an Annual State Holiday 
Observance.  The legislation will establish the 3rd Saturday in June as 
Juneteenth National Freedom Day in California, through the efforts of the 
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. 

Through the efforts of the National Juneteenth State Holiday Campaign, state 
Juneteenth holiday bills have recently passed in Alaska and Idaho. Last year, 
Delaware passed a Juneteenth State Holiday Bill with Oklahoma, Florida and 
Texas already recognizes Juneteenth as a state holiday for many years.  Many 
other states including Oregon, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont, 
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky have introduced legislation to recognize 
Juneteenth as a state holiday. 

The Congress of the United States, through S.J.R. 11 and H.J.R. 56, 
officially recognized Juneteenth Independence Day in America.  Thousands of 
petitions have been sent to the White House urging President Bush to issue a 
Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth as a National Holiday in 
America.  Thousands of supporters will be attending the Washington Juneteenth 
2001, National Holiday Observance at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and 
the US Capitol grounds, on June 15-19,2001, in Washington, DC to urge 
President Bush to take action. 

Juneteenth America, Inc., John H. Thompson, Sr., Founder and Trudy Coleman, 
Cofounder, invite you to attend a Press Conference with Reverend Ronald V. 
Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), 
National Juneteenth Leadership Council (NJCLC), and leader of the National 
Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.  Other invited guess include State Senator Nell 
Soto, Assemblywomen Gloria Negrete McCleod, Ontario City Council members, 
Congressman Joe Baca, Mayor Eddie Cortez of Pomona, Assemblyman John 
Longville, Congressman Gary Miller, Assemblyman Bill Leonard and Senator 
Barbara Boxer, who is lodging her annual Juneteenth Website, to recognize 
Juneteenth and the historic importance of this date.  For more information, 
call the Juneteenth America Headquarters office at (909) 988-5810, Fax (909) 
988-8710, email: juneteentham@earthlink.net. 

__________________________________________________________________________________________
5/28/2001
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION (NJOF)
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
www.njof.org www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (5/28/01)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             662-247-1471 202-331-8864
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                            www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
                            www.njof.org

             Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
             Unity International
             301-386-2112
             e-mail: Mswaymaker@aBlackWorld.com


WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance


(Washington, DC) - The Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday returns to the nation's capitol with a new President, George W. Bush, and a new administration. Scheduled for June 15-19, 2001, the expectations are high for the President Bush to complete the work started by congress in 1997, by issuing a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday in America. In 1997, a historic resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States, through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56, recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

The 2001 National Juneteenth Observance is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Lincoln Memorial, from 1:00pm till 6:00pm. A National Juneteenth Rally will take place at the U.S. Capitol Grounds, on Tuesday, the "19th of June", 2001, from 12:00noon till 4:00pm. Scheduled speakers include Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Frederick Douglass IV, the great great grandson of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige and Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.

The rally will be preceded by the Juneteenth Frederick Douglas Freedom March, beginning at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglas at 10:00am and ending at the west side of the U.S. Capitol Grounds. The march will be lead by former Sudanese slave Francis Bok, a leader of the Sudanese freedom movement.

Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. Many more states, including California, Oregon, South Dakota, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, are contemplating legislation to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.

The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery will also take place on the "19th of June", 2001. Supporters of efforts to support legislation for the country to officially apologize for slavery, as previously introduced before congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH), and a National Day of Reconciliation as introduced by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) will begin the day with a morning Prayer Service at the Embassy of the Prince of Peace, Rev. Ruth Scoffield, Director.

President Bush has also been asked to establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through our common bond of freedom. The 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service, at the Washington Christian Center, Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor, in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, will bring the five day event to a triumphant and glorious close.

Other activities include Friday, June 15th opening of an Juneteenth Art Exhibit at Howard University with artist Alvin Cater; a Sunday, June 17th, Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Rev., Dr. John R. Wheeler, Pastor and evening Blues Concert at Zonzobar on the Waterfront featuring Pam Jordan & Doniel Nellum; and a Monday, June 18th, evening Jazz Concert at the African-American Civil War Memorial featuring minister, physician and jazz musician Ron Myers and jazz vocalist Gloria Martin Jackson.

Also, a 1st Annual Washington, DC Unity Juneteenth Observance has been scheduled for Monday, June 18th, at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Speaking at the event will be minister, actor, producer and composer Clifton Davis.

Unity International, founded by Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, President, is an affiliate organization of the NJOF. Dr. Bledsoe has been appointed the NJOF Washington District Coordinator for WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 and can be reached at 301-386-2112 or e-mail at MsWayMaker@ablackworld.com. The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) are the sponsors of WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001. Both organizations, chaired by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., requests your continued prayers and financial support. Please make your tax-deductible donation check out to the NJOF and mail to T.C. Williams, CPA, 7676 New Hampshire Ave., Suite #300, Langley Park, MD. For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or 202-331-8864, e-mail at MyersFound@aol.com, or web sites at www.19thofJune.com or www.njof.org or JuneteenthShoppingMall.com.
_________________________________________________________________________________
4/25/2001

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
www.njof.org www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/25/01)


Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax 202-331-8864
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
web sites: www.19thofJune.com
www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
www.njof.org

Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
Unity International
301-386-2112
e-mail: Mswaymaker@aBlackWorld.com

WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance


(Washington, DC) - The Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday returns to the nation's capitol with a new President, George W. Bush, and a new administration. Scheduled for June 15-19, 2001, the expectations are high for the President Bush to complete the work started by congress in 1997, by issuing a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday in America. In 1997, a historic resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States, through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56, recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

A 2001 National Juneteenth Observance is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Lincoln Memorial, from 1:00pm till 6:00pm. A National Juneteenth Rally will take place at the U.S. Capitol Grounds, on Tuesday, the "19th of June", 2001, from 12:00noon till 4:00pm. The rally will be preceded by the Juneteenth Frederick Douglas Freedom March, beginning at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglas at 10:00am and ending at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol Grounds. The march will be lead by former Sudanese slave Francis Bok, a leader of the Sudanese freedom movement.

Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. Many more states including California, Oregon, South Dakota, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey are contemplating legislation to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.

The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery has also been scheduled for the "19th of June", 2001, and will coincide with efforts to support legislation for the country to officially apologize for slavery, previously introduced before congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH). President Bush has also been asked to establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through our common bond of freedom.

The 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service, at the Washington Christian Center, Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor, in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, will bring the five day event to a triumphant and glorious close.

Other activities include a Friday, June 15th opening of a Juneteenth Art Exhibit at Howard University, featuring artist Alvin Carter; a Saturday, June 16th Juneteenth Book Signing & Reception at the Frederick Douglas Museum & Hall of Fame For Caring Americans, with Elizabeth Anderson; a Sunday, June 17th, Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church and evening Blues Concert & Reception at Zanzibar on the Waterfront, featuring Doniel Nellum; and a Monday, June 18th, evening Benefit Jazz Concert & Reception at the African-American Civil War Memorial, featuring Rev. Ron Myers.

Also, a 1st Annual Washington Unity Juneteenth Conference has been scheduled for Monday, June 18th, at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Featured speakers will include Dr. Joel Freeman of the Freeman Institute, Dr. Donald Evans, Rev., Dr. James W. Bledsoe and Suzette Philips. Unity International, founded by Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, President, is an affiliate organization of the NJOF. Dr. Bledsoe has been appointed Washington, DC District Coordinator for WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 and can be reached at 301-386-2112 or e-mail at MsWayMaker@ablackworld.com.

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) are the sponsors of WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001. Both organizations, chaired by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., requests your continued prayers and financial support. Please make your tax-deductible donation check out to the NJOF and mail to T.C. Williams, CPA, 7676 New Hampshire Ave., Suite #300, Langley Park, MD. For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or 202-331-8864, e-mail at MyersFound@aol.com, or web sites at www.19thofJune.com or www.njof.org or JuneteenthShoppingMall.com. Join our daily National Juneteenth Chat at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST by logging into the NJOF web site www.njof.org or www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com.


WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 June 15-19, 2001


Schedule of Events
Latest Update (4/11/01)
Friday, June 15th

6:00pm - 9:00pm Juneteenth Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Alvin Carter
Blackburn Center
Howard University
Washington, DC

Saturday, June 16th

1:00pm - 6:00pm National Juneteenth Observance

Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC

7:00pm Juneteenth Book Signing & Reception

"My Bondage & My Freedom"
"What To the Slave is the 4th of July?"
By Frederick Douglas
Rewritten By Elizabeth Anderson

Frederick Douglas Museum & Hall of Fame For Caring Americans
320 "A" Street, N.E.
Washington, DC

Sunday, June 17th

10:45am Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service

Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Rev., Dr. John R. Wheeler, Pastor
1630 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Blues Concert & Reception

Doniel Nellum
Zanzibar on the Waterfront
700 Water Street, S.W.
Washington, DC

Monday, June 18th

6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Jazz Concert & Reception

Rev. Ron Myers Improvisational Praise Ensemble
African-American Civil War Museum
1200 "U" Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 19th

8:00am 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery Prayer Service

Embassy of the Prince of Peace
3003 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC

10:00am Juneteenth Frederick Douglass Freedom March
March begins at the Anacostia historic home of Frederick Douglass and ends at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds Washington, DC

12:00noon - 4:00pm National Juneteenth Rally

West Side of U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds
Washington, DC

7:00pm 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service

Washington Christian Center
Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor
2200 Culbera Drive
Hillcrest Heights, MD

Announcing, 1st Annual

Washington, DC Unity 2001
Juneteenth Observance


June18, 2001 8am - 6 pm Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, N.W.
Washington D.C.

Unification Breakfast - 8am
Mid-Day Unity Luncheon - 12noon
Unity Entertainment Extravaganza - 2pm

With a variety of noted speakers and entertainers to create a full days events that shall stimulate the mind, excite the spirit, and unify the people as we embrace past struggle, present conditions, and future aspirations.

Featured Guests:
Rev., Dr. James W. Bledsoe, Dr. Joel Freeman, Suzette Philips & Dr. Donald Evans

Rev. Chris Wyatt
Motivational Speaker and Composer of the Unity International Theme Song

Eugene Peoples Saxophonist

& many others!

THEME: What we have overcame & now must overcome!

Unity International, Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, Founder
301-386-2112 301-386-6111 Fax
MsWaymaker@aBlackworld.com     www.aBlackworld.com

____________________________________________________________________________________
4/19/2001

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
www.njof.org www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/19/01)


Contact: Opal Lee
     Fort Worth Juneteenth Celebration
     817-335-1866
     e-mail: 10726@email.msn.com

     Doris Kingston
     Austin Juneteenth Celebration
     512-480-3000
     e-mail: Doris.Kingston@ci.Austin.tx.us
     Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
     National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
     National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
     662-247-1471
     662-247-3364
     e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com


Texas National Juneteenth Press Conferences (4/20/01 & 4/21/01)

(Fort Worth & Austin, TX) - The Fort Worth and Austin Juneteenth Celebration Committees will be hosting Press Conferences with Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) this weekend. Dr. Myers will be announcing information concerning the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and US Capitol Grounds, June 15-19, 2001, in Washington, DC and an update on the status of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.

The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery will also take place on Tuesday, the "19th of June", in Washington, DC, where supporters will urge Congress and President Bush to support efforts by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) for the country to officially apologize for slavery.

"We have requested President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day, the "19th of June" as a National Holiday," states Rev., Dr. Myers. "Congress passed a historic resolution in 1997 recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56. A Presidential Proclamation is all that is needed for Juneteenth to be recognized all calendars as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day, without the need for a paid federal holiday."

Juneteenth Independence Day is recognized as a paid state holiday in Texas. Other states that recognize the end of slavery in America through Juneteenth, when Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, announcing to the last group of slaves in America that they were free include, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. Many more states including Maryland, Virginia, New York, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Mississippi and Montana have recognized Juneteenth Independence Day through legislative resolutions and the future introduction and passage of Juneteenth State Holiday Bills.

"It took over two and a half years for the news of freedom to come to Texas through the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln," states Dr. Myers. "I hope that is doesn't take President Bush, as the former Governor of Texas, where Juneteenth is recognized as paid state holiday, to support our request for establishing Juneteenth as a National Holiday."

In a recent letter to President Bush, Dr. Myers urged him to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future Presidents on how the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through the celebration of freedom.

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the NJOF contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com, web sites: www.19thofJune.com or www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com, or contact NJOF Texas Juneteenth State Coordinator and Director of the Arlington Juneteenth Celebration, James Carter, at 817-307-1483 or e-mail: discipleofpeace@hotmail.com.

PRESS CONFERENCES

Friday, April 20, 2001, 9:30am
1115 Evans Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
Info: Opal Lee - 817-335-1866

Saturday, April 21, 2001, 11:00am
Rosewood Recreation Center Pavilion
2300 Rosewood Avenue
Austin, TX
Info: Doris Kingston - 512-480-3000
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4/04/2001

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
662-247-1471
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
web sites: www.19thofJune.com www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

Dino Allen
NJOF Alaska State Coordinator
907-269-8993
e-mail: onid@blackplanet.com

"Alaska Legislature Passes Historic Juneteenth State Holiday Bill"

(Anchorage, AL) - The Alaska State Legislature passed a historic Juneteenth State Holiday Bill that now awaits Governor Tony Knowles signature to become state law. "Once the bill is signed by the governor, Alaska will join Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware and Idaho in recognizing the end of slavery in America," states Dino Allen, Director of the Anchorage Juneteenth Celebration and the Alaska State Coordinator for the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "We especially appreciate the efforts of State Representative Lesil McGuire in making all of this possible."

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", was recognized as America's 2nd Independence Day by the Congress of the United States through the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 56 and House Joint Resolution 11 in 1997. Thousands are anticipated to return to the nation's capitol for a WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, June 15-19, 2001, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and US Capitol Grounds to urge President Bush to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when the last group of slaves in America learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. It was then that Union General Gordon Granger announced that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas.

"This is another significant development in our campaign to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday in America," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the NJOF. "As more states like Alaska pass Juneteenth holiday bills, we anticipate that President George Bush will finally establish Juneteenth as a national holiday observance by issuing a Presidential Proclamation on the "19th of June" during our WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance."

Many more states including California, Oregon, South Dakota, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey are contemplating legislation to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday. "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 4th National Juneteenth Convention and Expo, August 17-19, 2001, in Ontario, California. "Juneteenth brings all Americans together to celebrate the end of slavery and freedom."

Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Bush to make Juneteenth a National Holiday and to establish a National Juneteenth Commission. "The official recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day and the end of slavery by state governments and the congress are very significant steps in bringing healing in America from the devastation of slavery," states Rev., Dr. Myers, also Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), sponsors of the 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, on the "19th of June", 2001, in Washington, DC.

"During our historic WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2000 National Holiday Observance, House Joint Resolution 356, a formal apology for slavery, was introduced by Congressman Tony Hall (D-Ohio)." states Dr. Myers. "We are gathering at the nation's capitol again to support Congressman Hall and urge President Bush to establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future Presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can bring all Americans together with the goal of promoting greater understanding and racial healing." ______________________________________________________
4/03/2001
RACISM AND INJUSTICE STILL PREVALENT IN BELZONI, MISSISSIPPI
"CATFISH CAPITOL OF THE WORLD"

FACTS:

A DOWNTOWN BELZONI RESTAURANT WILL NOT SERVE CERTAIN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADERS AND THEIR GUESTS, BOTH BLACK AND WHITE, BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT EFFORTS TO BRING JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS TO THE CATFISH INDUSTRY FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

THE BELZONI HUMPHREYS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION REFUSED TO ALLOW AN ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATFISH WORKERS TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION WHILE MANY CATFISH PROCESSING PLANT COMPANIES ARE GRANTED MEMBERSHIPS.

AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN WAS FORCED TO PAY A $32.10 WATER RECONNECTION FEE WHEN THE WATER WAS NEVER SHUT OFF. OTHER AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT BEING UNFAIRLY TREATED CONCERNING THEIR WATER BILLS. AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITY WORKERS WERE FIRED AFTER BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF STEALING WATER BILL MONEY FROM CITY HALL.

AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIAN IN HUMPHREYS COUNTY WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF DISTURBING THE PEACE AT A HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF MEETING BY THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR AND WAS SERVED AN ARREST WARRANT BY THE SHERIFF. AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIAN IN PRIVATE PRACTICE FOR MANY YEARS WAS UNJUSTLY BARRED FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE HUMPHREYS COUNTY HEALTH NETWORK. MANY WRITTEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS FOR MEETINGS WITH THE HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES CONTINUE TO BE IGNORED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS.

CITY RESOURCES AND STREET CLOSINGS USED IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD CATFISH FESTIVAL ARE NOT GRANTED TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE BUFFALO FISH FESTIVAL. THE CITY REFUSES TO HAVE A TELEPHONE POLE REMOVED AND ALLEY MAINTAINED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE BUFFALO FISH FESTIVAL.

AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER WAS THREATENED BY A HUMPHREYS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT CLERK FOR RESPONDING TO A COMPLAINT OF FALSE ARREST AND ILLEGAL SEARCH AND SEIZURE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. A WRITTEN COMPLAINT FOR AN INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFF CONCERNING THE INCIDENT HAS BEEN IGNORED.

PLEASE PRAY FOR BELZONI AND HUMPHREYS COUNTY, MISSISSIPP!

SUPPORT THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE AND HOPE
REV. RONALD V. MYERS, SR., M.D., FOUNDER
662-247-1471 662-247-3364 662-247-1384 Fax
www.njclc.com    www.actom.com/njclc.htm    e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com

_________________________________________________________________
4/01/2001
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
(NJCLC)
P.O. Box 29
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-1471    662-247-1384 Fax
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com    web sites: www.njclc.com
www.actom.com/njclc.htm
National Campaign For Justice & Hope
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder

April 1, 2001

The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) request your support for our National Campaign For Justice & Hope, concerning the Catfish Industry in America. The Catfish Industry, the new plantation in America, makes millions of dollars of profit off the labor of African-American catfish workers who are paid low wages and given little in benefits. These workers are forced to work under deplorable and dehumanizing conditions where racism is rampant. In the Mississippi Delta, America's poorest region, there are no top level catfish industry executives, catfish processors, or few, if any catfish farmers. The only African-American catfish processor was driven out of business several years ago.

Most of the catfish produced by the industry are purchased and consumed by African-Americans in cities throughout the country. These catfish processing plants are mainly located in four southern states, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. The industry returns little from the millions of dollars in profit made off the sell of catfish to the African-American community in these southern states. A key organization in the Catfish Industry, the Catfish Farmers of America, refuses to meet with community leaders to discuss the economic exploitation of poor rural African-American communities across the delta region through the processing and selling of catfish.

Through our National Campaign For Justice and Hope, we want to bring attention to the plight of African-American catfish workers and the negative economic impact the Catfish Industry continues to have on our community. We need your support to bring justice and fairness to poor rural areas like the Mississippi Delta. Through our Delta Catfish Farming Initiative (DCFI) we are trying to open a black owned Catfish Processing Plant in partnership with area black farmers.

Belzoni, Mississippi is known as the "Catfish Capital of the World". The Belzoni-Humphreys Development Foundation has a Catfish Museum and will not allow the development of an exhibit displaying the contributions of African-Americans to the Catfish Industry. The annual World Catfish Festival, held in Belzoni each year, does not include any significant participation from the African-American community. The foundation will not allow African-American members to form a committee to uplift the contributions of African-Americans to the Catfish Industry. They also refused to give an African-American member of the foundation copies of the organization's by-laws and did not allow a group of African-American catfish workers to become members of the foundation.

The same city resources that support the World Catfish Festival are not available to the African-American Heritage Buffalo Fish Festival. The City of Belzoni charges a $32.10 water bill reconnection fee to African-American residents when water services have not been disconnected. A cloud of suspension still looms over the collection and accounting of money for water bills, along with the unfair firing of African-American city workers falsely accused of stealing money.

For information on how you can support the National Campaign for Justice & Hope contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web sites: www.BuffaloFishFestival.com or www.actom.com/myersfound.htm - www.actom.com/njclc.htm
_______________________________________________________________________
3/30/2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/30/01)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., President
The Myers Foundation, Inc.
662-247-1471 662-247-3364
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
www.BuffaloFishFestival.com www.actom.com/myersfound.htm

6th Annual Buffalo Fish Festival Celebrates African-American Contributions to the Catfish Industry

(Belzoni, Mississippi) - The 6th Annual African-American Heritage BUFFALO FISH FESTIVAL will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2001, in Belzoni, Mississippi. The festival will feature Blues Legend Bobby Rush with a special performance beginning at "High Noon", 12:00 noon, on the corner of Rev. George Lee Avenue and Jackson Street. Also, in concert will be accomplished Mississippi Delta Jazz Pianist and Trumpeter Ron Myers, Dornell Nullem and local music groups, choirs and gospel groups. The festival honors the contributions of African-American workers to the Catfish Industry and Belzoni native, Denise LaSalle, the legendary "Queen of Soul Blues".

A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Workshop will be conducted during a Health Fair from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The festival begins at 9:00am and ends at 7:00pm. For information contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web site www.BuffaloFishFestival.com.

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3/28/2001

For: 6/23/2001

10:00am-6:00pm

12th Annual Juneteenth

Celebration & Concerts

Ganesha Park, CA

(McKinley & White)

Pomona, CA

Airline Arrangements:

Southwest Airlines I.D.Code: T3895

Convention City: Ontario, CA.

You should fly into Ontario

Airport if possible. Convention Airports

Available for Discount:

ONT, LAX, BUR, SNA Discount Travel Dates:

Aug. 12, 2001–Aug. 24, 2001

1-800-433-5368

AIRLINE INFORMATION:

Each person is responsible for making their own reservations with the Hotel and Airport. Southwest Airlines is offering a 10% discount on most of its already low for air travel to and from the event. You or your travel agent may call Southwest Airlines Group and Meetings Reservations at 1-800-433-5368 and reference the assigned I.D. Code. Reservations Sales Agent area available 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, or 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You must make reservations five or more days prior to travel to take advantage of this offer.

Refer to: I.D. Code #T3895, for Southwest Airlines (1-800-433-5368)

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Ontario Doubletree Hotel (Host Hotel)

222 N. Vineyard

Ontario, CA 91767

(909) 937-0900    (800) 222-8733 Toll-Free

Refer to: Juneteenth Convention when registering.

Rooms are only $59.00 per night for Single, Double, Triple, and Quad room sizes. Parlors rooms available, at a different price. Currently a State & City sales tax of 11.85% will be added to room Cost, subject to change without prior notice. Must register by August 6, 2001 to be guaranteed this price.

On site: (2) Restaurants, Gym, Swimming Pool, Sports Bar, and free transportation to Ontario Mills Mall. The Ontario International Airport is only 5 minutes from Hotel, call hotel to pick you up, if you do not have transportation to Hotel. Advantage Rental-A-Car is inside the Hotel for your convenience, if you decide on renting a car. Rental car places are near the airport.

The LAX Airport is (1) hour away from Hotel, in traffic it is (1½ to 2 hrs.) away from Hotel. So we suggest that you fly into Ontario Airport. Van or Bus transportation will also be available for pick-up by Reunion Committee Members (scheduled pick-ups only), call for times.

Agenda: Juneteenth Affiliates Meeting scheduled for each day at Convention Center,

conducted by Dr. Ronald V. Myers, Chairman, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation

Friday - 8/17/01, VIP Reception (6:00pm – 7:00pm); Dinner Program (7:00pm – 10:30pm) Saturday - 8/18/01, 10:00am - 11:30am, National Juneteenth Board of Directors Meeting (Check Monitors for Classroom #) – Schedule subject to change.

3) Saturday - 8/19/01, 8:00am – 10:00am – Prayer Breakfast Meeting

Location: Doubletree Hotel in Front Café: (Breakfast at own expense) (Check for Changes)

Sat. & Sunday - Aug. 18th & 19th, 2001, from 10:00am to 6:00pm Convention Daily Activities: Career Symposiums -Business & Health Educational Workshops/Seminars,

Exhibitor Shopping, No-Money Down Home Buyer Program, Corporate Job Recruiters, Free Baseball Clinic

for Youth with Major Leaguers & Concerts, 2:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. - Live Stage Entertainment, Gospel, Jazz,

R&B, Poetry Performance.

REGISTRATION FOR DINNER AND/OR CONVENTION ACTIVITITES ___________________________________________________________________
3/22/2001

RESS RELEASE - Former Sudanese Slave to Lead Washington Juneteenth March


National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com web sites: www.19thofJune.com
www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/22/01)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
662-247-1471
662-247-3364
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
web sites: www.19thofJune.com
www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

Jesse Sage
American Anti-Slavery Group
198 Tremont Street, #421
Boston, MA 02116
617-426-8161
617-507-8257 Fax
web site: www.anti-slavery.com

Escaped Slave to Lead Juneteenth Frederick Douglass Freedom March

Francis Bok Escapes From Ten Years of Slavery in Sudan to Fight for Freedom

(Washington, DC) - In a compelling historical twist, Francis Bok, a modern-day Frederick Douglass will lead the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance Juneteenth Frederick Douglass Freedom March, on Tuesday, the "19th of June", 2001, in Washington, DC. Juneteenth Independence Day, America's 2nd Independence Day Celebration, commemorates the day slavery ended in America. This occurred on June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, TX, reading General Order 24, announcing to the last group of slaves in the Southwest that they were free, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Efforts are underway to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday in America.

Like former American slave and historic abolitionist leader Frederick Douglas, Francis Bok escaped from ten years of slavery in Sudan to fight for freedom. While only a little boy in his native Sudan, he was abducted during a slave raid on a local village by government soldiers. Francis was taken by one of the soldiers as a domestic slave, forced to tend livestock and endure daily beatings.

"They told me I was an animal," Francis recalls. "Everyday they called me "Abeed, abeed" " black slave." Francis's master " Giema Abdullah " forced him to sleep outside with the cattle and fed him awful food. "For ten years, I had no one to laugh," Francis notes. "For ten years, nobody loved me."

Francis tried to escape twice and was caught. The third time he vowed not to return to bondage alive, and succeeded in making his way to Egypt. In August of 1999, the United Nations resettled Francis in North Dakota, and in May of 2000, he spoke out for the first time during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. He has since testified to the Senate, met privately with Madeleine Albright, and spoken at over 50 public events.

"My people are silenced by slavery," Francis says. "I must be their voice." Now age 22 and going to school for the first time in his life, Francis invariably evokes another slave turned abolitionists, Frederick Douglass. Francis will head the freedom march in honor of Douglass, leading an array of Americans, " many of them descendants of African slaves. "This is a great land of freedom," Francis observes. "We must use our freedom to help free those who are still slaves today."

The march will begin at 10:00am, at the Frederick Douglass home in Anacostia, 1411 "W" Street, S.E. and will end at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol. At 12:00noon, activities will continue with the National Juneteenth Rally, where Francis and other noted speakers, including Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, will address those in attendance.

For information about WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Dr. Ron Myers at 662-247-1471 or 202-331-8864, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com, web sites: www.19thofJune.com or www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com. For information on the Francis Bok, contact Dr. Charles Jacobs, President, American Anti-Slavery Group at 617-426-8161, web site: www.anti-slavery.com.

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3/19/2001

PRESS RELEASE - National Juneteenth Press Conference


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/19/01)

Contact: Yolanda Dean, Director
Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration
904-655-6407
e-mail: yoyo1966@aol.com

Patrina Pace
Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration
904-565-2608
e-mail: juneteenthnjaxfl@aol.com

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
662-247-1471
662-247-3364
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com

THE NATIONAL JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN COMES TO FLORIDA

(Jacksonville, FL) - The Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration Committee will be hosting a Press Conference at 11:00am, followed by a Ministerial Luncheon at 12:00noon, at the Jacksonville Fair Grounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, on Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Jacksonville, FL. The Reverend Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) will be present to announce plans for a WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and US Capitol Grounds, June 15-19, 2001, in Washington, DC. The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery will also take place on Tuesday, the "19th of June" in Washington, DC, where supporters will urge Congress and President Bush to support the efforts of Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) for the country to officially apologize for slavery.

"We have requested President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day, the "19th of June"," as a National Holiday," states Rev., Dr. Myers. "Congress passed a historic resolution in 1997 recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56. A Presidential Proclamation is all that is needed for Juneteenth to be recognized on all calendars as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day, without the need for a paid federal holiday."

Juneteenth Independence Day is recognized as a Statewide Observance in Florida through legislation authored by former State Representative Alzo Reddick in 1991. Other states that recognize the end of slavery in America through Juneteenth, when Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, announcing to the last group of slaves in America that they were free include Texas, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and soon Alaska. Many more states including Maryland, Virginia, New York, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Mississippi and Montana have recognized Juneteenth Independence Day through legislative resolutions and the future introduction and passage of Juneteenth State Holiday Bill legislation.

"It took over two and a half years for the news of freedom to come to Texas through the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln," states Dr. Myers. "I hope that is doesn't take Governor Jeb Bush another year to restore funding that he vetoed in 1999 for the people of Florida to observe Juneteenth throughout the state." In a recent letter to Governor Bush, Dr. Myers urged Governor Bush to support funding for Juneteenth in the Florida budget. "Juneteenth is a Statewide Observance in Florida we hope that Governor Bush will be more supportive of the recognition of the end of slavery in America," states Dr. Myers.

Businessman Lloyd Moore, Chairman of the National Juneteenth Farming & World Trade Commission, Former State Representative Alzo Reddick, Chairman of the National Juneteenth Education Commission and NJOF Florida Juneteenth State Coordinator, Jeannie Blue, Director of the St. Petersburg Juneteenth Family Festival, will also be in attendance at the Press Conference.

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the NJOF contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com, web sites: __________________________________________________________________
3/17/2001

5th Annual 2001 NATIONAL JUNETEENTH PRAYER & PRAISE WORSHIP SERVICE


2001 5TH ANNUAL

NATIONAL JUNETEENTH PRAYER & PRAISE WORSHIP SERVICE

"JUNETEENTH JUSTICE & JESUS" WASHINGTON CHRISTIAN CENTER 2200 Culbera Drive Hillcrest Heights, Maryland Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor

with

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.: Chairman National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

Dr. Joel Freeman: President-The Freeman Institute

Rev. Marilyn Thornton: Legal Counsel National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

7:00pm Tuesday, June 19, 2001

For Information contact:

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
P.O. Box 29 Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax 202-331-8864 301-894-0800
www.njclc.com www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
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3/16/2001

The Honorable Jeb Bush
Governor
State of Florida
PL 05
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001


Dear Governor Bush:

The Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration, an affiliate of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), chaired by Yolanda Dean, will be hosting a National Juneteenth Press Conference and luncheon at the Omni Hotel, beginning at 11:00am, next week, March 24, 2001, in Jacksonville, FL. As the Chairman of the NJOF and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), I am honored to be invited to speak in Florida where Juneteenth has been recognized as a state observance since 1991. Former State Representative Alzo Reddick should be commended for providing the legislative leadership to gain statewide recognition for America's 2nd Independence Day Celebration, the "19th of June" recognized by the Congress of the United States in 1997.

However, I am concerned about your veto of $50,000.00 in Juneteenth funding in 1999 and would like to know the reasons for your actions. I would like to be informed because your decision appears to be quite insensitive and contrary to your stated desire to build bridges with the black community, especially in a state where tourism is a key industry. Juneteenth and other Emancipation Day historic celebrations throughout the state, including Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Haines City, Dunnellon, Ebro, Deltona, Palm Coast, Tallahassee, Miami, Broward City and Plant City, like other key organizations promoting tourism in Florida, need financial support and your active participation as Governor of Florida.

Juneteenth is recognized as either a state holiday or statewide observance in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and soon Alaska. Many more states including Maryland, Virginia, New York, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Mississippi and Montana have recognized Juneteenth Independence Day through legislative resolutions and the future introduction and passage of Juneteenth State Holiday Bill legislation.

I have enclosed a copy of my correspondence to President George Bush concerning the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and our WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and the U.S. Capitol Grounds, June 15-19, 2001, in Washington, DC. You are cordially invited to speak at WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 and attend the 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, on the "19th of June" in Washington, DC.

Thank you for your consideration of these matters. Look forward to hearing from you soon regarding an explanation of your 1999 Juneteenth funding veto before the press conference next week. I certainly hope that you will rectify the situation and include funding for the observance of Juneteenth in the state of Florida as soon as possible. Your leadership in this matter is of paramount importance.

Sincerely,


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Chairman

enclosures

cc: Dr. Alzo Reddick
Yolanda Dean, Director-Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration
Jeannie Blue, Florida State Coordinator-National Juneteenth Holiday
Campaign & Director-St. Petersburg Juneteenth Family Festival ______________________________________________________________
3/15/2001

NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION & HEALING FROM THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY


2nd Annual NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION & HEALING FROM THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY

8:00am Prayer Service Embassy of the Prince of Peace - Ruth Scoffield, Director 3003 Massachusetts Avenue - Washington, DC

12:00noon - 4:00pm National Juneteenth Rally U.S. Capitol Grounds - Washington, DC

7:00pm 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service Washington Christian Center - Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor 2200 Culbera Drive - Hillcrest Heights, MD

Congressman Tony Hall (D-Ohio) (Invited) Bishop George McKinney (Invited) Randy Skinner (Invited) Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Dr. Joel Freeman (& many others!!)

Tuesday, "19th of June", 2001 Juneteenth Independence Day

Support legislation before Congress for the country to officially apologize for slavery in America!

Let us come together to pray for racial reconciliation and healing from the legacy of slavery in our nation!
_______________________________________________________________________________-
3/14/2001

Subject: (Bush) NATIONAL JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY PETITION (White House Fax & e-mail)


NATIONAL JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY PETITION
Mail to:

The White House, USA
Washington, DC 20501
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Fax: 202-456-2461


Dear President Bush:

Whereas, America's Independence Day Movement, initiated by the Declaration of Independence and the "4th of July", 1776, did not include the enslaved descendants of African-Americans nor were they recognized as full human beings. Freedom from slavery was initiated by the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and formally announced by Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas on the "19th of June", 1865, through the reading of General Order No. 3, to the last group of slaves in bondage, creating America's 2nd Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday observance, the "19th of June", Juneteenth Independence Day.

Whereas, the "19th of June" is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. In 1997, the 105th Congress of the United States passed Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 officially recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America. A Presidential Proclamation is all that is required for Juneteenth Independence Day to be recognized as a National Holiday in America, without the burden on taxpayers as a paid federal holiday. We, the undersigned, support the request of Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council for you to issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing the "19th of June" as National Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

Whereas, on the "19th of June", 2000, during the historic 1st Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2000 National Holiday Observance, House Concurrent Resolution 356, a formal apology for slavery was sponsored in Congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH). We, the undersigned, support the establishment of a National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery during the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day and request that you establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise you and future Presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can bring all Americans together with the goal of promoting greater understanding and racial healing.

Date:_____________________
Organization:___________________________________________________
Location:_______________________________________________________
Name:_________________________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________________
City/State/Zip:__________________________________________________


Send Copy to:

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
P.O. Box 29
Belzoni, MS 39038
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
Fax: 662-247-1384
_______________________________________________________________
6/15-19/2001

WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 Schedule of Events (6/15/01 - 6/19/01)


WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001
June 15-19, 2001


Schedule of Events
Latest Update (2/24/01)
www.19thofJune.com www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

Friday, June 15th

6:00pm - 9:00pm Juneteenth Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Rick Hyman & Ronda Hyman
Blackburn Center
Howard University
Washington, DC

Saturday, June 16th
1:00pm - 6:00pm National Juneteenth Observance
Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC

Sunday, June 17th
10:45am Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service
Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Rev., Dr. John R. Wheeler, Pastor
1630 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

4:00pm - 9:00pm Juneteenth Benjamin Banneker Fathers Day Celebration
Washington Independence Council
Zanzobar on the Waterfront
700 Water Street, S.W.
Washington, DC

Monday, June 18th
6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Jazz Concert
Rev. Ron Myers Improvisational Praise Ensemble
African-American Civil War Museum
1200 "U" Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 19th
8:00am 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery Prayer Service
Embassy of the Prince of Peace
3003 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC

10:00am Juneteenth Frederick Douglass Freedom March
March begins at the Anacostia historic home of Frederick Douglass and ends at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds Washington, DC

12:00noon - 4:00pm National Juneteenth Rally
West Side of U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds Washington, DC

7:00pm 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service
Washington Christian Center
Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor
2200 Culbera Drive
Hillcrest Heights, MD___________________________________________________________________________
2/24/01

UPDATE - National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign-State by State Analysis (2/24/01)


To National Juneteenth Network, State Coordinators and Friends (2/24/01):

The campaign to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday continues to gain great momentum as Juneteenth State Holiday Bills are being introduced throughout the country.

The following states have legislators who have either introduced or plan to introduce State Juneteenth Holiday Bills or Resolutions acknowledging Juneteenth or who have committed to do so during the present state legislative sessions:

Alabama - Rep. James Thomas - 334-682-9590
Arkansas - Rep. Linberg Thomas - (*contact Arkansas Juneteenth State Coordinator, Ignatius Higgins, III - 870-382-5281)
California - State Senator Nell Soto - (*contact NJOF Vice-Chairman, John Thompson - 909-268-7104)
Connecticut - Rep. Kenneth Green - 860-240-8566
Illinois - State Senator Barack Obama - 773-363-1996
Indiana - State Senator Billie Breaux - 317-232-9849
Iowa - Senator Jack Holveck (*contact Iowa Juneteenth State Coordinator Gary Lawson - 515-274-1433)
Kentucky - Rep. Reginald Meeks - 502-852-0824
Louisiana - Rep. Willie Hunter - 318-362-5462
Maryland - State Senator Joan Carter Conway - 410-841-3145
Massachusetts - State Senator Diane Wilkerson - 617-722-1673
Michigan - Rep. Artina Tinsley Hardman - 517-373-1776
Mississippi - Rep. Robert Clark, Rep. Omari Scott & Rep. James Evans (*contact NJOF Chairman Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.)
Montana - Rep. Joan Hurdle - (*contact Montana Juneteenth State Coordinator, Ruth Curtis - 406-252-7263)
New Jersey - State Senator Diane Allen - 609-239-2800 and State Senator Donald DiFrancesco 908-322-5500
New Mexico - Rep. Cheryl Williams - 505-265-6089
New York - State Senator John Sampson - 718-649-7653
North Carolina - State Senator Howard Lee - 919-715-3030
Ohio - State Senator Rhine McLin - 614-466-6247
Oregon - State Senator Avel Louise Gordley - 503-986-1710
Pennsylvania - Rep. John Myers - 215-849-6896
Rhode Island - Rep. Joseph Almeda - 401-467-7033
South Carolina - State Senator Magie Wallace Glover - 843-669-6282
Tennessee - Rep. Ulysis Jones - 615-741-4575
Virginia - State Senator Henry L.Marsh, III - 804-698-7516
Wisconsin - Rep. Spencer Coggs - (*contact NJOF Board Member Adekunle Wilson - 414-614-7658)

The following states recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday:

Texas - Rep. Al Edwards - 713-741-8800 (passed 1980)
Florida - Rep. Alzo Reddick - 407-342-4700 (passed 1991)
Oklahoma - State Senator Maxine Horner - 405-521-5598 (passed 1994)
Delaware - State Senator Margaret Rose Henry - 302-577-8518 (passed 2000)
Idaho - State Senator Robbi King-Barrutia - (*contact Idaho Juneteenth State Coordinator, Joel B. McNeal - 208-587-3227) (passed 2001)
Alaska - Rep. Lisel McGuire - (*contact Alaska Juneteenth State Coordinator, Dino Allen - 907-269-8993)

States where key state legislators have been contacted but will not support efforts for Juneteenth state holiday recognition:

Washington - State Senator Rosa Franklin - 360-786-7652

To the best of my knowledge, any states or US Territories not indicated above do not have a State Senator or Representative who have agreed to introduce and support Juneteenth Holiday Bills in their states. If you know of a state legislator who will support Juneteenth legislation in any states not listed, please contact me or the Juneteenth State Coordinator with their name and phone number. Go to www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com for a list of Juneteenth State Coordinators and their contact information.

Together, we will see Juneteenth established as a National Holiday in America!

"DOC" Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
662-247-1471 O
662-247-3364 H
www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
www.19thofJune.com
www.NJOF.org
www.NJCLC.com
www.MyersFoundation.net
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2/17/01
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com


TO: Juneteenth Affiliates, Organizations & Friends

FROM: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Chairman

DATE: 2/17/01

RE: Juneteenth Affiliate Appeal For Membership

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the campaign to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday needs your support. Join the NJOF as an Affiliate Juneteenth Organization. A NJOF Affiliate Membership Application can be found at http://www.19thofJune.com.

Annual membership dues has been set at $120.00 (averaging $10.00 per month). This can be paid in one lump sum or you can participate in our NJOF Fundraising Program. Participation in the program consist of purchasing an unlimited domestic telephone service with our corporate sponsor STARTEL Communications, Inc. for one year. The cost of the service is $69.00 (plus $3.55 federal excise tax), totaling $72.55 per month. The NJOF will receive $10.00 per month from the your purchase of the service which will be applied to your annual membership dues.

NJOF Affiliate Membership benefits presently include:

  1. Participation in the NJOF STARTEL Communications, Inc. Fundraising Program.
  2. Use of the official NJOF Membership Logo on all your Juneteenth event banners, correspondence and publications.
  3. Free subscription and discount advertisement rates in our National Juneteenth Magazine and National Juneteenth Almanac.
  4. Discount air fare, registration, hotel rates and event ticket prices at our annual National Juneteenth Convention.
  5. Discount air fare, hotel rates and event ticket prices at our annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.
  6. Fund raising, grant and corporate sponsorship assistance and other support for your local Juneteenth event.
As an NJOF Affiliate Member, you or a representative of your organization must attend the annual Business Meeting at the National Juneteenth Convention. The next annual Business Meeting of the NJOF will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2001, at the 4th Annual National Juneteenth Convention and Expo, hosted by Juneteenth America, Inc., in Ontario, California, August 17-19, 2001.

For registration and information about the 4th Annual National Juneteenth Convention contact John Thompson or Trudy Coleman at 909-268-7104 or e-mail at Juneteentham@eathlink.net.

For information on the 2nd Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and US Capitol Grounds, June 16-19, 2001, contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or e-mail at MyesrFound@aol.com. Web sites are as follows:

http://www.19thofJune.com
http://www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
http://www.NJOF.org
http://www.actom.com/NJCLC.htm
http://www.NJCLC.com
http://www.actom.com/MyersFound.htm
http://www.MyersFoundation.net


Thank you for your support for our efforts to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday in America!

Definition and Conditions for Affiliate Association to the NJOF for Review and Comment by the Board of Directors

An Affiliate to the NJOF can only be an organization that was created to promote Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19, 1865) as the official recognition of independence for all African-Americans in this country. An Affiliate organization must be an incorporated body and functioning under the laws of their state. An organization may seek the assistance of the Foundation in becoming incorporated prior to seeking an affiliate status.

An Affiliate will be entitled to the support and assistance of the Foundation as it relates to promoting the ideals of Juneteenth Independence activities. Both the Affiliate and the Foundation will have the right to provide advice and offer recommendations to each other in their approach and policy of addressing activities and events. Affiliates would have access to communication and information developed by the Foundation. Affiliates may be selected to participate on various standing or ad hoc committees of the Foundation. An Affiliates organization will have no voting rights in the affairs of the Foundation. The organization will be required to submit an application to the Foundation for acceptance. Affiliates will be able to publish information about their activities through the Foundation for nationwide distribution. There will be a nominal affiliation fee for continued participation as an affiliate.

The Affiliate shall be required to have a compatible mission to that of the Foundation. An affiliate must be willing to support the goals of the Foundation by disseminating information of Foundation events and activities and provide local publicity as needed.

Upon application, an affiliate will be entitled to apply to the Foundation for support and assistance for local activities consistent with the mission of the Foundation.

An affiliate will be required to enter into an affiliation contract under which their relationship to the Foundation is governed. An Affiliate at all times and for all purposes is a separate legal entity and shall act in an independent, separate legal capacity and not as an employee, agent, or representative of the Foundation.

____________________________________________________________________________
1/06/2001

Great-Great Grandson of historic JUNETEENTH family at WASHINGTON JUNETEE...


To National Juneteenth Network & Friends: The Hymans are planning to present an art exhibit and book signing at WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001, June 16-19, 2001. Rick Hyman is a direct descendent of one of the historic families who celebrated the first Juneteenth, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

January 6, 2001

Dear Rev. Myers, My wife, Ronda and I have enjoyed our conversations with you over the telephone these past few days regarding the Washington Juneteenth 2001 National Holiday Observance. As promised, we are sending you biographical information on us so that you may share it with others.

To recap -- I, Rick Hyman, am the great-great grandson of Cezar Martin. He and his family were slaves in Virginia. After the Civil War, they traveled from Virginia to Texas in covered wagons, and were the first wagon train of ex-slaves to arrive in Texas. Several months later, they, along with other families in Texas, experienced the first Juneteenth Celebration! This story, along with many others, is in our new book, My Texas Family: An Uncommon Journey to Prosperity, published by Arcadia Publishing.

128 pp 200 illus. (16 pp color)
Hardback (10 in. high x 7 in. wide)
Price $25.99

We are planning to attend the Juneteenth Celebration in Washington, D.C. this year and will make arrangements to have our book available for sale.

Rick Hyman's work has been recognized by Bill Cosby. A print of Hymans first historical family painting from the early 1920's, titled, My Texas Family hangs on the set of the Cosby show, CBS TV. Gifted from birth, Hyman has been painting since he was three years old.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is currently sponsoring a three-year traveling exhibition for part of Hyman's family historical series entitled, The Riches of Family, An American Journey from Slavery to Prosperity. Rick Hyman is preserving his family history by painting scenes from his treasured collection of 300 vintage family photographs, all taken from 1912-1927 in LaGrange and Warrenton, Texas. His lifetime goal is to paint all 300 photographs. Hyman paints with acrylic on canvas.

Hyman and his wife, Ronda Hyman are authors of a new book that was released in March, 2000, published by Arcadia Publishing entitled, My Texas Family, An Uncommon Journey to Prosperity. The book includes vintage photos of Rick's family, his historical paintings and some of the vintage jewelry that was owned and worn by his family during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The book also includes some interesting family history and stories, such as his ancestors journey from Virginia to Texas in covered wagons after the Civil War and how they prospered to own over 2,000 acres of oil property, cattle, horses, a stagecoach, silver and jewelry.

C-SPAN Book TV taped the Hyman's one-hour visit at Cardozo High School (one of several they visited) in Washington, D.C. on December 15, 2000, to be aired soon.

In December, 2000, the Hyman's book was nominated for the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award for 2001 through the Texas Historical Commission.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts produced a Teacher's Kit that highlights Hyman's ancestors and historical paintings to accompany the Hyman's exhibit that will support Virginia's Standards of Learning for elementary - middle school students in Virginia.

The Hyman's book is now being taught to students in high schools in Washington, D.C. through the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program, also in Richmond, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee and soon in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some of Hyman's art exhibitions include:
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • University of Texas, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas
  • Union Station, Washington, D.C.
  • The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, premiers Jan. 2001
  • The Salmagundi Club, Fifth Avenue, New York
  • City of Las Vegas, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, premiers Nov. 2001


John Thompson, Juneteenth America, Inc