NJCLC Statement By Dr. Myers
JUNETEENTH, A TIME OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE HORRORS OF THE MAAFA IN AMERICA



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By Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

December 27, 2012

Sponsors of the Annual:

National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery
National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa in America
National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Maafa Memorial Service

"18th of June"

Lincoln Park UMC
Emancipation Memorial Lincoln Park
Washington, DC



"Most gatherings are decidedly upbeat, but the sobering reason for the holiday has also been part of
Juneteenth's growth. Dr. Ronald Myers, the leader of a movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday,
says June 19 should be an annual remembrance of the horrors of slavery.

We never got our apology, so we need this holiday to remind us that we must not forget," said Dr. Myers,
who spoke yesterday at a Juneteenth event at the Capitol led by Representative Danny K. Davis, Democrat
of Illinois."
New York Times, 6/19/04



When we remember the black soldiers, in segregated military units, who helped liberate those terrorized in German death camps during World War II, we are reminded about the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust during annual observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day in April.

Many African-Americans are reminded of our own tragic history of enslavement, the middle passage and the lynching and murders of our people before and after the Civil War. We ponder as to why so little attention has been given to our own history of death and destruction in America.

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. The National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa an America takes place on the "18th of June", as a part of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement. This is the day before the celebration of freedom from enslavememt on the "19th of June", Juneteenth, America's second Independence Day.

Juneteenth is an ideal time for the remembrance of the Maafa in America. Since the year 2000 at the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, the "18th of June" has been set aside as the date for the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Day for the Remembrance of the Maafa in America. This includes the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, in Washington, DC.

The national media continues to ignore the significance of Juneteenth and the Maafa in America. 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or special day of observance.

Until we as Americans of African descent support and participate in the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and National Day of Remebrance of the Maafa in America, whether we come to Washington, DC or have similar observances in our local communities across America, the remembrance of our own historic Maafa will continue to be ignored throughout America.

Join us in making the "18th of June" a monumental day of remembrance of our Maafa in America. We must never allow America to ignore our Maafa or our children to forget.

For information on the annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, the annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-1471, 662-392-2016, e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com.

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