Ohio Makes 35 States to Recognize Juneteenth

(Columbus, OH) – The state statutes in Ohio designate the “19th of June” as Juneteenth National Freedom Day, “to acknowledge the freedom, history, and culture that June 19, 1865, the day on which the last slaves in the United States were set free in Texas, has come to symbolize.” This is great news for Juneteenth supporters throughout the country.

“Ohio joins Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington State, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and the District of Columbia in recognizing the end of enslavement in America,” states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteeenth Holiday Campaign and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF).

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the last geographic area in America where slavery existed learned of their freedom. This took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that “all slaves are free” by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas.

Ohio Juneteenth supporters are urging recognition for Juneteenth in congress. 2010 may be the year that Juneteenth will be circled on calendars throughout the country.

“Now that Juneteenth is a state holiday observance in Ohio, I and other Juneteenth supporters in the state will request that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) co-sponsor legislation in the U.S. Senate to make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance, that will be introduced by lead sponsor Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL),” states Troy Page, Director of the Ohio Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.

“As more states like Ohio pass Juneteenth legislation, we hope that President Barack Obama will finally establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday Observance by issuing a Presidential Proclamation,” states Rev. Dr. Ronald V. Myers.

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 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 Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and the Founder and Director of the National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.

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 Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-3364 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web sites: http://www.njclc.com, http://www.Juneteenth.us, http://www.NationalJuneteenth.com, and http://www.19thofJune.com.

For information on the Ohio Juneteenth Holiday Campaign contact Troy Page at 614-577-1489 or e-mail: tepage@aol.com.

Dr. Myers to be Special Guest Speaker at King Breakfast

ONTARIO, CA –The 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Tribute will carry the tradition of music and inspiration in honor of Dr. King on Monday, January 18th, 2010, with special guest speaker Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and noted medical missionary, musician, and activist. Dr. Myers is featured as well as the Senior Pastors and Choirs of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Ontario and Mt. Sinai C.O.G.I.C. in Pomona, encouraging attendees to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy as we begin a new decade in an era of change. The event will be held from 8:30AM-10:30AM at the Ontario Airport Doubletree Hotel, with doors opening at 8:00AM.

Dr. Myers’ work as a medical missionary has garnered national media coverage, in ABC’s “Good Morning America”, People Magazine and New York Times, and joins the breakfast tribute while on the trail of leading the nation into acknowledging “Juneteenth”, most recently achieving Wisconsin as the 32nd state, this past December, to recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday. The breakfast tribute has been a staple event in the Inland Empire, creating a forum to embrace diversity and American heritage, amongst dignitaries, community leaders, and families looking to celebrate the holiday.

“This event recreates the spirit and collective environment that nurtured Dr. King’s efforts and fostered a movement that changed the country,” says Founder of Juneteenth America, Inc., John H. Thompson, Sr. “And it is in this momentum, that we should continue to recognize efforts and events affecting the makeup of our American heritage.”

Participating sponsors and community partners include Verizon, Ontario Airport Doubletree Hotel, E-Biz Marketing and Inland Empire Community Calendar. Tickets are $30 for General Admission, with Table, Advertisement and Sponsorship opportunities still available. For more information or to purchase tickets directly, visit http://www.juneteenthamerica.us, call (909) 621-9707 or e-mail jai@juneteenthamerica.us.

National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference to be Held In Chicago, IL

(Chicago, Illinois) – Chicago native, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday Observance will return home to host the National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference, October 16-18, 2009, at the “All New” Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel, October 16-18, 2009. Dr. Myers is 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. Juneteenth leaders are confident that Senator Roland Burris (D-IL), the only African American member of the U.S. Senate, will lead legislative efforts to make 2010 a special year in acknowledgment of American history.

“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 Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). “As Chairman of the National Juneteenth Congressional Committee, Congressman Davis has been heart and soul of Juneteenth in congress for many years.”
“Juneteenth is a freedom celebration significant for all Americans and the forerunner to the 13th Amendment,” states John Thompson, Founder & CEO of Juneteenth America, Inc. host of the annual National Juneteenth Convention and Expo, in Ontario, California. “Juneteenth brings all Americans together to celebrate the end of slavery and freedom,” continues Thompson. “Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day.”

Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Obama to make Juneteenth a national holiday observance and to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission. “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 the Founder and Director of the National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust “Maafa” Memorial Service during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.

Juneteenth Jazz will also be featured at the conference. As the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, minister, physician and jazz musician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., performs across the country promoting “June Is Black Music Month!” – CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ – Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!” Founder of the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP), Myers also conducts youth jazz workshops and lectures on African American jazz legacy. The NAJJP is the sponsor of several Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Concerts and African American Art Exhibits during Black Music Month, including the historic African-American jazz legacy cities of Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NB.

For more information on the National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471; e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com, web sites: http://www.Juneteenth.us, http://www.njclc.com, http://www.19thofJune.com and http://www.JuneteenthJazz.com, or contact NJOF board member and Director of the Chicago Juneteenth Celebration, Lestine Byars at 773-684-6070; e-mail: lbyarsciess@aol.com.