National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
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Congressional Leaders

Sheila Jackson Lee
Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Chairman
National Juneteenth Congressional Committee
of the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
 
2013 - Present

 

Danny K. Davis
Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Chairman
National Juneteenth Congressional Committee
of the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
 
2005 - 2013

 

Carl Levin
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Senate Host
National Juneteenth Congressional Committee 
of the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

2009 - Present

 

Barack Obama
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), Senate Host
National Juneteenth Congressional Committee
 of the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

2005 - 2008
 
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CONGRESSIONAL JUNETEENTH INFORMATION PAGE

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WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Returns to the Nation's Capitol

Myers Request Congress Support Legislation to Establish
Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance

Speaker of the House John Boehner to Host Unveiling of Statue
of Frederick Douglass on Juneteenth at the U.S. Capitol

Myers to host 14th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday
Observance Congressional Juneteenth Reception with Reading of
"What
to the American Slave Is Your 4th of July?"
by Frederick Douglass
at the U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to present a resolution to recognize
the 2013 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
at the U.S. Capitol


Ron Myers John Boehner Frederick Douglass
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership
Council (NJCLC), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who will
be hosting a ceremony to unveil statue of Frederick Douglass at the U.S. Capitol on
the "19th of June", Juneteenth (center) and Frederick Douglass, (right), who will
be honored with a reading of his historic speech at the annual WASHINGTON
JUNETEENTH Congressional Reception, "What to the American Slave Is Your
4th of July?"
, also at the U.S. Capitol on Juneteenth.


Ron Myers Danny Davis Carl Levin
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian
Leadership Council (NJCLC), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), (center)
and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), (right) historic sponsors of legislation
recognizing the historic significance of Juneteenth Indepenedence Day
in the U.S. Congress.
(NJOF Press Releases))


Ron Myers Juneteenth Jazz Banner Sheila Jackson Lee
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Association
of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist
will receive a resolution from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (right)
recognizing the 2013 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance on
the "19th of June", Juneteenth (center), also at the U.S. Capitol.


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12th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Returns to the Nation's Capitol

Myers Request Congress Support the Establishment of
Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance

Speaker of the House John Boehner Invited to
Discuss the Three-Fifths Clause During Juneteenth




Ron Myers Danny Davis John Boehner
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., (left) Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian
Leadership Council (NJCLC), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), (center)
Chairman of the National Juneteenth Congressional Committee and Senator
John Boehner(R-OH), (right) Speaker of the House are invited speakers
at the 2011 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.
(
NJOF Press Releases) 


(Washington, DC) - Leaders of the Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday Observance will return to the nation's capitol for the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance hopeful that congress will enact legislation to commemorate Juneteenth National Freedom Day, officially marking the "19th of June" on all calendars as America's 2nd Independence Day. Speaker of the House John Boehner has been invited to discuss the importance of the three-fifths clause of the u.S. Constitution.

"The omission of the reading of the three-fifths clause during the historic reading of the U.S. Constitution by congress left open the question of the importance of slavery and the significance Americans of African descent made to the founding of America," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "I have issued an invitation for Speaker of the House John Boehner to discuss the three-fifths clause during the 2011 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance at the U.S. Capitol."

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas and Wisconsin. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance. Many more states, including Utah, Alabama, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Maryland have recognized Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions and Gubernatorial Proclamations.

Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) will continue to serve Chairman of the National Juneteenth Congressional Committee.

"We are very much appreciative of the tremendous support Congressman Danny Davis has given Juneteenth," states Dr. Myers, Founder and Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "He has been heart and soul of Juneteenth in congress for many years."

"The U.S. Capitol and the White House were built through the uncompensated labor of the ancestors of Americans of African descent during the tyranny of slavery," states Dr. Myers. "We will honor their sacrifice and contributions in building key institutions in America during the observance of Juneteenth in the nation's capitol."

"The official recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day and the end of slavery by state governments and congress are very significant steps in bringing healing to America from the legacy of enslavement," states Rev. Dr. Myers, also Founder and Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) , sponsors of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "MAAFA" Memorial Service in Washington, DC. "As the descendents of Americans of African descent, our ancestors were brought to America in chains. This should never be forgotten."

"The National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, takes place annually on the "3rd Friday of June", during the week of the observance of Juneteenth in America," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "The day was established in recognition of former Congressman Tony Hall's historic efforts to pass a congressional apology for slavery on the "19th of June", 2000, Juneteenth Independence Day. The apology for slavery has always been an essential part of our plans to bring reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement in America trough the "Modern Juneteenth Movement."

Continuing to work toward the passage of legislation for a Congressional Apology For Slavery, ratified by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and perhaps the introduction of a bill that will eventually be signed by President Barack Obama, Juneteenth leaders continue to stress the importance of making any such legislation a part of the annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement", where it all began during WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2000.

"The annual observance of Juneteenth provides America with the greatest opportunity to bring about a constructive resolution to the history of the brutal enslavement of Americans of African descent and the racial conflicts that plague the nation," continues Dr. Myers.

Dr. Myers, who was appointed National Advisory Chairman of America's Black Holocaust Museum by the museum's founder, the late Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate Apology For Lynching passed in his honor during the week of Juneteenth in 2005. In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation for an Apology For Slavery and Jim Crow, sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN). In 2009, the U.S. Senate passed similiar legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).

"Dr. Cameron taught me the importance of forgiveness, patience and reconciliation by his remarkable life," states Dr. Myers. "It lead to a U.S. Senate Apology For Lynching. Congress continues to demonstrate sensitivity to issues surrounding the legacy of enslavement in America."

For information on the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2011 National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, call Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471; e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com, web sites: www.Juneteenth.us, www.njclc.com, www.19thofJune.com and www.JuneteenthJazz.com.



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Danny Davis
Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL)
Sponsor of the 2009 Juneteenth Independence Day
legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives


H. Con. Res. 546 (Passed - 6/15/09)
U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the historic significance
of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!



Roland Burris
Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)
Sponsor of the 2009 Juneteenth Independence Day
legislation in the U.S. Senate


S. Res. 198 (Passed - 6/19/09)
U.S. Senate observes the historic significance
of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!
 

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Danny K. Davis1
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT A. REEDER -- THE WASHINGTON POST
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), foreground, and the
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr. seek a national Juneteenth Observance.


Barack Obama1

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT A. REEDER -- THE WASHINGTON POST
Juneteenth honors "a time when everyday Americans faced
the most daunting challenges. . . and still persevered," Sen. Barack
Obama said this week. He is joined by Kenton Sparrow, left, and others
at news conference.

Washington Post Newspaper
FOR MANY, TODAY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Avis Thomas-Lester     June 18, 2005


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Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi and also in the District of Columbia. Many more states, including South Dakota, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Montana and Maryland have recognized Juneteenth through special day and year state legislative resolutions and Gubernatorial Proclamations. 



                                                                Barbara Rose Collins

In 1996, during the 104th Congress, htoric legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins (D-MI), House Joint Resolution 125, and passed the House of Representatives, recognizing "Juneteenth as the day of celebrating the end of slavery in the United States and as the true day of independence for African-Americans in this country." 


                                                            Trent Lott J.C. Watts

In 1997, during the 105th Congress, a historic joint Juneteenth resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States through Senate Joint Resolution 11, introduced by Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), and House Joint Resolution 56, introduced by Congressman J. C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK), recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

The California Juneteenth State Holiday Bill is an excellent bill to review as sample legislation. Also review the Arkansas Juneteenth State Holiday Bill, the Mississippi Juneteenth State Holiday Bill and the Kentucky Juneteenth State Holiday Bill.

When a state passes legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the NJOF works with the Juneteenth Organizations in that state to pass legislation for the creation of a State Juneteenth Commission. Through the State Juneteenth Commission, curriculum is developed to teach the history of slavery to freedom through Juneteenth in the public schools, projects are developed to preserve the history of the legacy of slavery to freedom through historic landmarks, monuments and other key historical projects and Juneteenth Celebrations and Festivals are supported through tourism and economic development resources in the state.

The Mississippi Juneteenth Emancipation Commission Bill is an excellent bill to review as sample legislation. 



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Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, returned to the nation's capitol for the ten year anniversary of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. Known as the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, a group of Juneteenth state leaders and supporters of the campaign were encouraged by the meetings and activities centered around Juneteenth Independence Day in Washington, DC.






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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
National Juneteenth Congressional Symposium & Reception

Hosted By: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)


Rayburn House Office Building
Rooms B339-B340
Washington, DC



4:00pm - 6:30pm
Juneteenth CBC Congressional Symposium

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Juneteenth CBC Congressional Reception

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Master of Ceremonies

 
 
Danny Davis
Congressman Danny Davis
Donna Christensen
Congresswoman Donna Christensen
Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
  Barbara Lee
  Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Roland Burris
Senator Roland Burris




Bobby Scott
Congressman Bobby Scott


Davis & Ridley
Congressman Danny Davis & Dr. Larry Ridley,
Executive Director of the African American
Jazz Caucus
discuss Juneteenth Jazz






"June Is Black Music Month!"
CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ
"Preseving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"

www.JuneteenthJazz.com





Dr. Larry Ridley, Executive Director of the
African American Jazz Caucus and
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Chairman of the
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP),
urged the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to support Juneteenth Jazz


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"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)