Louisiana recognizes Juneteenth as a State Holiday or State Holiday
Observance through a Bill, House Resolution, Senate Resolution or Joint
Rep. Sharon Weston Broome - (*contact Louisiana Juneteenth State Director Sadie Roberts-Joseph 225-355-8086)(passed 2003)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/26/02)
Contact: Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Director
Louisiana Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., National Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
web sites: www.19thofjune.com
LOUISIANA JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY BILL
MAKES PROGRESS IN BATON ROUGE
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Louisiana may become the next state to recognize
Juneteenth as a state holiday. Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.,
Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, was in Baton
Rouge this week to rally support to make Juneteenth a holiday in all
fifty states. This campaign is not advocating for Juneteenth to become
a paid state or federal holiday, but as a National Holiday Observance,
similar to Flag Day.
State Representative Sharon Weston Broome (D-LA) has agreed to support
legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday in Louisiana. "I
organized my first Juneteenth celebration in Baton Rouge in 1991,"
states Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Director of the Louisiana Juneteenth
Holiday Campaign. "It is exciting to see Juneteenth grow in popularity
and support as America's 2nd Independence Day celebration."
Lousiana will become the 8th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state
holiday, following Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Delaware. Alaska, Idaho
and most recently, Iowa," states Dr. Myers. "Efforts are continuing to
establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday in America," continues Dr.
Myers. "The congress of the United States passed a historic resolution,
in 1997, recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America."
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June19, 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
signed and enforced by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of
General Order #3 by General Granger, on the "19th of June", 1865, the
former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's 2nd
Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday
"We are collecting 1 million signatures on petitions urging President
Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a
National Holiday Observance," states Dr. Myers. "As the former Governor
of Texas, where Juneteenth began as a paid state holiday in 1980,
President Bush should understand the historic opportunity Juneteenth
represents to bring all Americans together to promote greater
understanding of freedom, racial reconciliation and healing."
The 3rd Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday
Observance, June 13-19, 2002, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall
and U.S. Capitol, will include a historic 1st Annual National
Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service at the Lincoln Memorial, on
Saturday, June 15th, beginning at 1:00pm. The theme of the memorial
service, known as the "MAAFA" (Kiswahili term for "Disaster" or
"Terrible Occurrence"), is "A Time to Heal & A Time to Pray."
"America needs healing from the legacy of slavery," states Rev., Dr.
Myers, also Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
(NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council
(NJCLC). "The MAAFA service will coincide with our 3rd Annual National
Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Slavery. It will
be a time of repentance and reflection, as we pray for God to heal
America from the legacy of slavery."
For information on the Louisiana Juneteenth Holiday Campaign contact
Sadie Roberts-Joseph at 225-343-4411 or 225-355-8086, e-mail:
email@example.com. For information on the WASHINGTON
JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth
Holiday Campaign call Dr. Myers at 202-331-8864, 662-247-1471, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, web sites: www.19thofJune.com, www.njclc.com or
www.njof.org. For information on the 5th Annual National Juneteenth
Convention and Expo contact John Thompson of Juneteenth America, Inc.
at 909-988-5810, e-mail: email@example.com, web site: