Invitation to President Bush
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D, Founder & Chairman
201 N. George Lee Avenue P.O. Box 269
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-3364 662-247-1471 662-247-4767 Fax
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com web site: www.njclc.com
February 9, 2008
The Honorable George Bush
United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) will be hosting our Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, on Friday, June 20, 2008, beginning at 11:30am, at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, Rev. Harold D. Lewis, Pastor, 1301 North Carolina Avenue, N.E., in Washington, DC. As the leader of our nation, we again, as in the previous years, invite your participation in our memorial service through addressing those in attendance. Our country needs healing from the legacy of slavery and your participation in our service will be an important part of that healing process for all Americans.
Your comments concerning slavery during your trip in 2003 to Africa were thought provoking. However, we need your acknowledgment of America's history of slavery through participation in the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance.
I continue to prayerfully encourage you to lead the nation toward racial reconciliation and healing through your participation in the annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, the Juneteenth National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, establishment of a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, the issuing of a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance and by personally addressing the nation during Juneteenth Independence Day from the White House each year.
In 2007, the House of Representatives of the 110th Congress unanimously passed H. Con. Res. 155 with the following language concerning your issuing a Presidential Proclamation acknowledging Juneteenth Independence Day in America:
(3) the President is urged to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe Juneteenth Independence Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington,Tennessee, Massachusetts and North Carolina. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance. Many more states, including Oregon, South Dakota, Mississippi, Utah, Pennsylvania, Montana, Vermont, Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin and Maryland have recognized Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions, Gubernatorial Proclamations and current state holiday observance legislation.
Thousands of petitions have been forwarded to the White House urging you to make Juneteenth a National Holiday Observance and to establish a National Juneteenth Presidential Commission to advise you and future presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through the celebration of our common bond of freedom.
The NJCLC has designated the "3rd Friday in June" for the annual observance of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery. We respectfully request your support for our efforts by issuing a Presidential Proclamation designating the same. We also encourage you to host a Juneteenth Celebration at the White House in June. As the former Governor of Texas, where Juneteenth is a paid state holiday, we know that you understand the significance of Juneteenth to the nation.
Mr. President, as in previous years during your term in office, we pray that you will lead the nation toward true racial reconciliation and healing from the acknowledgment of the end of slavery in America through the celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day.
In Christ's Love,
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Founder & Chairman
BLACK HOLOCAUST "MAAFA"
"A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray"
Friday, June 20, 2008
Juneteenth Independence Day Observance
National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery
Lincoln Park United Methodist Church
Rev, Harold D. Lewis, Sr., Pastor
1301 North Carolina Avenue, N.E.
For more information contact:
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
P.O. Box 269 Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-3364 662-247-1471 662-247-4767 Fax
web sites: www.njclc.com www.19thofJune.com www.Juneteenth.us