National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
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PRESS RELEASE - Alabama 40th State to Recognize Juneteenth


Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
              National Juneteenth Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
              National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
              National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
              National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
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              Sharon Pierce-Perrault, Chair
              Alabama Juneteenth Committee
              National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

Sen. Henry "Hank" Sanders

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

Alabama Becomes the 40th State to
Recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday

Sen. Hank Sanders Champions
Alabama Juneteenth Legislation

(Montgomery, Alabama) - Alabama has become the 40th state to recognize Juneteenth through the passage of legislation sponsored by State Senator Hank Sanders. The RECOGNIZING THE CELEBRATION OF JUNETEENTH DAY (ACT No. 2011-398, SJR-157) legislation makes Alabama the last southern state to pass similar legislation recognizing "the historical significance and importance of June 19, 1865" throughout the nation. 

"We truly appreciate the support of Sen. Sanders in making Juneteenth officially recognized in Alabama." states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "There are only 10 states left to officially recognize Juneteenth. We hope that congress and President Obama will finally make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day in America."

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", was first recognized by the Congress of the United States as Juneteenth Independence Day through the passage of S.J.R. 11 and H.J.R. 56 in 1997. Most recently, the U.S. Senate passed
S. Res. 211 and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 323 in 2011, "recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth" in America.

Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Obama to make Juneteenth a national day of observance and to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission

"The White House and the U.S. Capitol were built by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement." states Dr. Myers. "We continue to petition President Obama to issue a Juneteenth Proclamation and to personally host a White House Juneteenth Celebration to honor the enslaved who built it."

Dr. Myers hopes that the passage of the Alabama Juneteenth legislation will encourage President Obama and the U.S. Congress to finally establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day. Myers knows that official recognition of Juneteenth will be bring all Americans together to celebrate freedom and promote healing from the deep scars of America's dark past of enslavement.
"The official recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day and the end of enslavement 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 & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and the National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. "We all share the common bond of freedom in America. The celebration of Juneteenth gives all Americans the opportunity to come together to acknowledge the dark history of enslavement and to move forward as a unified nation, determined to keep the light of freedom bright for future generations."

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, the National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement or the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, contact Sharon Pierce-Perrault at 334-774-1385; e-mail: or Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471; e-mail: or web site: