National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
                         Celebration of Freedom

                         

2009 Washington National Juneteenth Holiday Observance

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/28/09)

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

             662-247-3364    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                                  www.Juneteenth.us
                                  www.njclc.com
                                  www.JuneteenthJazz.com


             Clark Jones
             Washington Juneteenth Committee
                National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

             301-925-0008
             e-mail: clarkjones88@gmail.com
             web site: www.njclc.com


Report From
2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance










                                                              

                                                                               AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

Crusader pushes Juneteenth as national holiday
By Joe Gulick     June 6, 2009


Many Legislators attended 


Rep. Danny Davis                Rep. Donna Christensen        Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee                Rep. Barbara Lee             Sen. Roland Burris            Rep. Bobby Scott


                                                                          Prayer followed by many Speeches

  

Dr. Walter McCray of Black Light Fellowship in                        Dr. Walter McCray, & Dr. Ruth Bentley of                     Former Congressman Mark Sajander
Chicago, IL, leading in prayer                          the National Black Evangelical Association                 introduces Pastor Jack Gaines as                                                                                              with Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D                                           keynote speaker


           

Pastor Jack Gaines delivering an inspiring message    Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., M.D. & Pastor Jack Gaines   Asst. United Nations Secretary General
on "Juneteenth & Biblical Reconciliation"                                                                                                             Luc Gnacadja

Asst. United Nations Secretary General Luc Gnacadja delivered an inspiring statement following up on the results of the 1999 Benin Leadership Conference on Reconciliation and Development that was initiated by former Benin President Mathieu Kérékou. Secretary Gnacadja challenged the nations of the world to consider the model of Biblical Reconciliation that was instrumental in resolving deep conflicts and creating opportunities for economic development in Benin, Africa.

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. and Pastor Jack Gaines were also among the key African American leaders who worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) on the historic introduction of legislation for the Apology for Slavery before the Congress of the United States. This was the historic beginning of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.

Rev. Dr. Myers is sending letters to world leaders urging their support for the establishment of a World Day of Reconciliation and Healing beginning in 2010, on the "3rd Friday in June", an extension of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement resulting from the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Pastor Gaines was also instrumental in organizing the historic visit of Mathieu Kérékou, President of Benin, a West Coast African nation, central in the histric Atlantic Slave Trade, to the United States, in 1999, announcing an Apology to African Americans for the role African leaders in Benin played in selling their own people to the Europeans during the tyranny of enslavement. President Kérékou returned to Africa to host the historic 1999 Benin Reconciliation Conference that included African heads of state, representatives of the U.S. Congress, traditional African elders and U.S. citizens joined together in apologies and forgiveness from slavery.

In July of 2008, Congressman Steve Cohen was the sponsor of legislation for the U.S. House of Representatives Apology for Slavery. On June 18, 2009, during the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, Senator Tom Harkin sponsored legislation for the U.S. Senate Apology for Slavery.


                                             by Felicia Mann     June 19, 2009                                                        


"In the year 2000, the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' was the grass roots African American national group that worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall on the second introduction of historic legislation for the U.S. Congress to officially apologize for slavery, on the '19th of June' at the nation's capitol. This was during our first WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.
By the grace of God through ten years of hard work and prayers, urging the congress and the president to support the work and mission of the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' in America, the nation is moving much closer toward healing and reconciliation from the scars of enslavement."


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

                                                                             Maafa is Remembered


BARBARA L. SALISBURY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES People hold hands as a sign of
solidarity at a service at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in the District on Friday
to commemorate Juneteenth and the Maafa, or Africa Holocaust
(6/20/08)


Theme: "A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray"


During the 2009 National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, Pastor Jack Gaines delivered an encouraging message on "Juneteenth & Biblical Reconciliation" and how Juneteenth is strategically positioned to model reconciliation and healing to the world.

                                                 
                                         The National Juneteenth Holiday is Remembered through music, dance and the arts





                                                                                 

                    
                  



                                                                  

                          
  
                                                       

                                         

                           ART by nationally recognized African American artist Alvin Carter from Bogulusa, LA

Nationally recognized Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter works on a piece he will
present to President Barack Obama on 'Juneteenth,' June 19, in Washington D.C.
Carter will have an Open House, exhibit and registration for his summer art
classes Saturday at his studio, just off Columbia Street on E. 4th Street.

DAILY NEWS PHOTO/Marcelle Hanemann


 

                                                                                  Pastor Johnnie Hunter

Pastor Johnnie Hunter, President of L.E.A.R.N., announced the release of the DVD, "MAAFA 21", which was inspired by the words given by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at the 2008 National Juneteenth Black Holocuast "Maafa" Memorial Service. The term "Maafa" (from the book, "Let the Circle Be Unbroken", by Dr. Marimba Ani) is a kiswahili term for "terrible occurrence" or "great disaster" that African Americans have embraced to tell our own story about enslavement and attempts to dehumanize us.



Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Baptist Medical Missionary and Family Practitioner, serving in the poorest geographic region in America, the Mississippi Delta, sounded the alarm about the little known tragic "negative population growth" of African Americans because of the modern day "Maafa" of death and destruction that Dr. Myers referred to as "Black Genocide."

www.AMAApology.com     www.MyersFoundation.net     www.AmericanPainInstitute.org


Saturday, June 20, 2009
Prince George's County Juneteenth Celebration
Walker Mill Regional Park
District Heights, MD
  
      

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., receives a special Juneteenth Proclamation
from Councilman Samuel H. Dean of Prince George's County Council


  While Children had fun

     
        

Dandre Carnegie, 3, of Forestville, takes a pony ride at the Juneteenth
celebration Saturday at Walker Mill Regional Park in District Heights.
Photo by Christopher Anderson



Sunday, June 21, 2009
National Juneteenth Father's Day
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Rev. Cornelius Wheeler, Pastor

                                 Vermont Avenue Baptist Church was one of the historic African American
                                                churches in Washington, DC that was founded by former slaves


"President Obama was unable to attend any 2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance activities.
We are anxiously awaiting his response to the thousands of  petitions and letters sent to the White House
concerning the establishment of  Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance. Let us continue
to pray for President Obama, especially his staff, who have the responsibility to keep him informed daily on issues
important to African Americans."


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


Myers urges President Obama to issue a Presidential
Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National
Holiday Observance in America
(Letter to President Obama)


Myers urges President Obama to support Juneteenth Jazz
during Black Music Month in June through the performance of
the AAJC/HBCU Student All-star Big Band at the annual
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance

(Letter to President Obama)


Myers invites President Obama to speak at the
annual  National Juneteenth Black Holocaust
"Maafa"
Memorial Service in Washington, DC

Festival goers sign a petition to spread the Juneteenth tradition across the nation.

News 8 Austin, TX
By Bonnie Gonzalez
June 20, 2009


(Austin, TX) - This year's Juneteenth BBQ celebration in Round Rock is a Texas tradition, and some attendees are petitioning Washington D.C. to make it a national one.

Pamela Cotton helped coordinate the event and says Round Rock is making history while celebrating it.

"It's historical for the city of Round Rock, because it's the first time they actually acknowledged it as a celebration with the festivities that we have here this weekend," Cotton said.

For 65-year old Sarah Young, who is fairly new to Texas, celebrating Juneteenth isn't anything new.

"When I was living in Buffalo, New York, It had been celebrated for quite some time, and my former church back in Buffalo - we participated each year," Young said.

Like Young, some don't see Juneteenth as just a holiday for Texas. They want the entire nation to recognize the day.

"It'll be fine with me. I don't see why not. Juneteenth would be fabulous," said festival goer Bob Cocchiarella.

The holiday enthusiasts are armed with a pen in hand to take action.

Cotton estimated there would be about 1,000 people at Round Rock's first Juneteenth celebration. They can come out to enjoy some BBQ , maybe buy something from the vendors, but what she really wants them to do is put their signature on a petition.

"We want all of our attendees to sign the petition so we have lots of signatures to send off to Washington D.C, so they can see how important it is to us that this be a federal holiday," Cotton said.

If Juneteenth does ever become a national holiday, Young knows it'll be a great feat.

"We went to an all black school, and I was a part of the integration and coming this far..it's really meaningful to know we've come this far," Young said.

Young hopes something as simple as pen and paper will help take our nation one step further.

Gazette.net - Maryland Community Newspapers Online
Juneteenth celebration spirit not dampened by weather

By Ben Giles     June 25, 2009


"As the leader of the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' in America, I would like to express

our sincere appreciation and thanks to Congressman Danny Davis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
Senator Roland Burris, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Bobby Scott,
Congresswoman Donna Christensen, all members and staff of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) for their participation and support for
our 10th annual, 2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance at the U.S. Capitol.
We have come a mighty long way in ten years."


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