Elaine National Juneteenth Maafa Prayer & Reconciliation Healing Service FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/30/13)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com

2013 Elaine National Juneteenth Maafa Prayer & Reconciliation Healing Service

Elaine Race Riot, A Remembrance of the Red Summer of 1919

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Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. leads group of ministers in prayer at the site of the
Elaine Race Riot during the anniversary of one of worse race riots in American history

(Elaine, AR) - The 2013 Elaine National Juneteenth ElaineMaafa Reconciliation Healing Service will take place on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 1:00pm, in Elaine, Arkansas. The prayer service is sponsored by the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), an association of Christian leaders dedicated to establishing reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement through the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day.

The tragic Elaine Race Riot, also known as the Elaine Massacre, took place on September 30, 1919, in the town of Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas, in the Arkansas Delta. The violence was the result of unfounded white racial fear and retaliation against African-American farmers, led by Robert L. Hill, the founder of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. The union was organized to obtain better payments for their cotton crops from the white plantation owners who dominated the area during the Jim Crow era. Black sharecroppers were often exploited in their efforts to collect payment for their cotton crops.

As was common to racial violence and attacks at the time, lies were used to escalate fear against blacks by white mobs. Many more blacks than whites died as a result of the violence in Elaine. AR. Five whites and between 100 and 200 blacks were killed. The NJCLC, sponsors of the National and World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, organizes prayer services across America to commemorate the Elaine Race Riot and other incidents of racial violence during the horrific Red Summer of 1919.

"The Red Summer of 1919 was marked by deadly race riots in numerous major cities across the country, including Omaha, NB, Chicago, IL, Knoxville, TN, and Washington, DC, where many Americans of African descent were killed," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the NJCLC and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "As Americans, we must not ignore our violent racial history resulting from enslavement, but openly and honestly embrace it as we seek God together as a nation for true racial reconciliation and healing. The observance of Juneteenth in America continues to provide the nation an annual opportunity to constructively confront our dark history of enslavement, impacting future generations."

As the leader of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, Dr. Myers knows that more can be done to encourage reconciliation and healing during the observance of Juneteenth. Calling for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day, Dr. Myers continues to invite President Barack Obama, America's first African American president, to support the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement.

History reveals that George Washington was a slave owner. Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner. However, not all of the founding fathers were slave owners. John Adams, the second president of the United States, did not own any slaves.

The US Capitol and the White House were built through the uncompensated labor of the ancestors of Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Dr. Myers urges him to recognize the Americans of African descent who built the White House while hosting a Juneteenth celebration this year.

"In response, we have embraced the term 'Maafa', a Kiswahili term meaning 'disaster' or 'terrible occurrence', to tell our own story about our enslavement and the sustained attempt to dehumanize us," continues Dr. Myers.

Beginning in the year 2000, during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the "3rd Friday in June" has now been set aside as the date for the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement. It is also known as the National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa.

"We now observe the annual World Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement in Hampton and Richmond, VA." states Dr. Myers. "This commemorates the date the first slave ship, the White Lion, landed in Virginia at Old Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe, from the shores of West Africa. This occurred on the '20th of August', 1619, with the arrival of twenty Angolans, America's first Middle Passage."

"Please join us in prayer for racial reconciliation and healing in America as a remembrance of our Maafa in America," states Dr. Myers. "We must continue to seek God in prayer for the healing of the nation from the legacy of enslavement."

For information on the Elaine National Juneteenth Maafa Prayer & Reconciliation Healing Service and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471, or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web sites: www.njclc.com and www.NationalJuneteenth.com.


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