National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
                         Celebration of Freedom

                         

Juneteenth National Day of Observance Campaign
Carl Levin 

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Sponsor of the 2013
Juneteenth Independence Day legislation in the
U.S. Senate


Sheila Jackson Lee 

 Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Sponsor of the 2013 Juneteenth Independence Day legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives


Danny Davis 

Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) Sponsor of the 2011 Juneteenth Independence Day legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives


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We will ALSO see Juneteenth become a state holiday or state holiday observance in all 50 states. Right now we have 41 states that recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.




Some recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday or State Holiday Observance through a Bill, House Resolution, Senate Resolution or Joint Resolution or a special Resolution.  Read More


Many States do not recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance:
 
Arizona - Hawaii - Maryland -  Montana - New Hampshire - North Dakota - South Dakota - Utah

WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO SEE JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY BECOME A NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE AND A STATE HOLIDAY OR STATE HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE IN ALL 50 STATES!

DOWNLOAD, COPY & GET SIGNATURES ON OUR JUNETEENTH PETITION:


                               



If you live in a state that does not recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, contact us, your state representative or state senator and our Juneteenth State Director 
 
In some states, a state representative or state senator has already agreed to sponsor your state's legislation for Juneteenth. In states where we do not have a committed state legislator. You should
approach your member of the state legislature to support Juneteenth legislation. It can be in the form of a resolution or bill. 

Most important GET INVOLVED!

Juneteenth is Celebrated Around the World

Statement of the Asst. United Nations Secretary General Luc Gnacadja at the 2009 Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast



Asst. United Nations Secretary General Luc Gnacadja at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Read More


WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement

Friday, the "19th of June", 2009, Juneteenth Independence Day

National Press Club, Washington, DC



2014 will be the year that congress will finally pass legislation to make        Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance in America.


S. Res. 175 (Passed - 6-19-13) - Senator Carl Levin U.S. Senate observes the historic significance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!

As leaders in our efforts to make Juneteenth Independence Day a national day of observance, we need each of you to send email, letters, or make telephone calls to your state's two (2) United States Senators requesting their support of legislation to make
Juneteenth Independence Day a national day of observance
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Your hard work has already succeeded in making Juneteenth an official observance in 42 states and that number continues to grow (please see attachment #1 or enclosure # 1).
 
Attachment #1 is provided for you to email, mail, or telephone your state™s two (2) United States Senators requesting that they support legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, similar to Flag Day or Patriot Day.
 
Attachment/enclosure #2 provides a brief history of recent legislation in the United States Congress recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.
 
Please contact (send email, write a letter, or call)
your two (2) United States Senators within the
next 2 weeks from receipt of this information.
Your U.S. Senators are found on this site: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 
Following passage in the U.S. Senate, the legislation must then be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to President Obama for signature. Hopefully, this will all take place before our 2012 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance (http://www.juneteenth.us/pressrelease15.html).

H. Res. 268 (Passed - 6/17/13) – Rep. Sheila  Jackson Lee U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the historic significance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America!



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Following passage in the U.S. Senate, the legislation must then be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to President Obama for signature. Hopefully, this will all take place before our 2014 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
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Ron Myers

National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign Chair Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. is asking Congress to enact legislation to make Junteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance in America.

Washington Informer
By Yannie Givens
June 25, 2009

(Washington, DC) - Jazz music played in the background as everyone from Capitol Hill staffers to high school students mingled at the Congressional Black Caucus’ Juneteenth Reception Wed., June 17 in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill.

On the trumpet was Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., chair of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. As chair, Myers is asking Congress to enact legislation that he hopes will make Juneteenth a national day of observance in America, similar to Flag Day or Patriot’s Day, by next year. Juneteenth is African Americans’ Independence Day, Myers said, because “the Fourth of July does not capture, for us, freedom.”

Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery that occurs every year on June 19. It commemorates the day that Union soldiers went to Galveston, Texas, announced that the Civil War had ended, and read a general order which freed the 250,000 slaves living in the state. Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect two years prior, in January of 1863, many were still enslaved until June 19, 1865, a day of long-awaited liberation in America.

Helen Mitchell, who was in charge of the planning, development and implementation of the CBC event, believes Juneteenth is important because “it’s a part of our heritage.” “Juneteenth speaks to the fact that there’s a continued fight,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said that although African Americans are physically free, the mental state of slavery has yet to be eradicated. Although Mitchell said African Americans today are allowing themselves to be enslaved to institutional barriers, she is confident that “through faith and hope, we can move beyond that.”

Gregory Hogan, who came from New Jersey to attend, wants to take that optimism back home and get young people involved in the movement. Hogan believes that young people should be the most concerned and proactive, but said they remain apathetic on weighty matters such as Juneteenth.

“I think people don’t care because they don’t know. They don’t know what they should care about,” Hogan said.

Chelsea Jackson, a rising senior at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Md., volunteered at the CBC event, claiming that this is important to her because she needs to know her history. Jackson, like Hogan, recommends that more young people get involved and volunteer at events like the reception in the future.

Some of the benefits of working this event are its location, Capitol Hill, and the connections students can make there, in addition to the fact that it is informational and a good experience, Jackson said.

The CBC Juneteenth reception followed a symposium, which highlighted the significance of Juneteenth and the efforts the CBC is making to address issues affecting the African American community. Members of the CBC, including its chair, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), discussed many topics, including healthcare, judicial and civil rights, and the partnerships the CBC is working to build with communities across the nation.

But the most important issue for Dr. Myers is continuing the quest for formal, national recognition of Juneteenth by the government.

“Unless we celebrate ourselves, we won’t be celebrated,” Myers said.

Hogan and his family agree.

“Every year we have our own celebration at my house. Even though it’s not a national holiday yet, that’s what we’re striving for,” he said.

At the reception, Hogan wore a t-shirt he received 15 years ago at the age of 11 when he attended a meeting on the steps of the City Capitol with his parents, the Presidents of the Northeastern Chapter of the Juneteenth Foundation. His shirt read: “Juneteenth- Freedom with the stroke of a pen, Written in a people’s blood.”

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 Nationsl 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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Crusader pushes Juneteenth as national holiday

 AVALANCHE-JOURNAL
By Joe Gulick     June 6, 2009


(Lubbock, TX) - Juneteenth, the holiday observed by some states that celebrates the freeing of Texas slaves after the Civil War, will become a national holiday this year if the Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr. is successful in his crusade.

Myers, national chairman of the Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, visited Lubbock's Patterson Library on Friday to promote the national observance of the holiday and to donate a book about Juneteenth to the library.

June 19, 1865, is the day Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with the news that slaves had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. Freed Texas slaves began an annual celebration of June 19 on the first anniversary of the day, and the holiday eventually began to be known as Juneteenth.

Myers presented a copy of "Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom" by Charles A. Taylor to Helen Viser-Fitzgerald, the Patterson Library branch manager and librarian. He and Taylor have been friends since they attended the University of Wisconsin together, he said.

According to the book, Juneteenth is considered to be the day the last slaves in America were freed.

Myers said 31 states now recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or a state holiday observation with government offices closed. The most recent was Kansas, which passed legislation about two weeks ago, he said.

In addition to promoting the national observance of Juneteenth, Myers also recognized June as Black Music Month and promoted Maafa, which is sometimes called the African Holocaust or the Holocaust of Enslavement.

Maafa is a Swahili word that means great calamity or disaster and refers to the suffering of Africans through slavery and the deaths of millions of Africans on slave ships. It is observed annually on the third Friday in June, he said.

Myers, who is also a jazz musician, brought out a miniature trumpet and played a spirited jazz version of "Misty" at the Friday news conference when he was talking about Black Music Month.