FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (1/8/06)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr.,
M.D., Chairman National Juneteenth Holiday
Campaign National Juneteenth Observance
Foundation (NJOF) National Juneteenth Christian
Leadership Council (NJCLC)
7th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
Returns to the Nation's Capitol
Urges President Bush to Issue a Presidential Proclamation
Recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America
You can now easily download and print our two Juneteenth Petitions and Juneteenth Resolution for your signature
drives. Keep copies of your completed petitions and mail the Juneteenth Holiday and Juneteenth Resolution originals
to the White House and the Juneteenth Stamp Petition to the Chair of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee of the US Postal
Let your local media know about your petition drive, especially the National Juneteenth Holiday Petition.
Documents available for downloading and printing:
INDEPENDENCE DAY PETITION (24KB) NJOF29.doc
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH RESOLUTION (29KB) resolution_2001.doc
JUNETEENTH AMERICAN FLAGS OF FREEDOM POSTAGE STAMP PETITION
Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico Becomes the 19th State to Recognize
Juneteenth as a State Holiday
Rep. Cheryl Williams Stapleton Champions
New Mexico's Juneteenth State Holiday Bill
(Santa Fe, NM) - Juneteenth is now an official State Holiday Observance in New Mexico following the
signature of Governor Bill Richardson on the New Mexico Juneteenth National Freedom Day legislation. "New Mexico joins
Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Connecticut, Louisiana,
New Jersey, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan and the District of Columbia in recognizing the end of slavery in America,"
states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteeenth Holiday Campaign.
"We especially appreciate the efforts of Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton for introducing the legislation
that has made all of this possible," states Ron Hinson, New Mexico Director of the National Junteenth Holiday Campaign. "This
important celebration of the end of slavery in America is now officially recognized by New Mexico."
or the "19th of June", was recognized by the Congress of the United States as "Juneteenth Independence Day" through the passage
of Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 in 1997. The House of Representatives passed H.C.R. 161 in
2005 urging President Bush to establish Juneteenth Independence Day, as a National Holiday Observance in America.
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
issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest
"This is another significant development in our campaign to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday," states
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "As more states like New
Mexico pass Juneteenth Holiday Bills, we hope that President George Bush will finally establish Juneteenth as a National
Holiday Observance by issuing a Presidential Proclamation."
Many more states including Oregon, Maryland, New York,
South Dakota, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Montana, Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado are contemplating legislation to establish
Juneteenth as a state holiday.
"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 9th Annual National
Juneteenth Convention and Expo, August 26, 2006, 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."
petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging President Bush 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 slavery by state governments and congress are very significant steps in bringing healing to America from the legacy
of slavery," states Rev., Dr. Myers, also Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), sponsors
of the annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery and the annual National Juneteenth Black
Holocaust "MAAFA" Memorial Service in Washington, DC.
"As the former governor of Texas, where Juneteenth is recognized
as a paid state holiday, one can only wonder why Juneteenth does not receive more attention by President Bush," states Dr.
Myers. "We are especially appreciative of the Governor and the state legislature for passing legislation to recognize Juneteenth
in New Mexico." .
For information on the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, the National
Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Slavery, the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-3364, 662-392-2016, 202-331-8864,
or e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web sites: www.Juneteenth.us
"Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!"
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)