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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/28/09)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
                National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
                National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

             662-247-3364    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                                  www.Juneteenth.us
                                  www.njclc.com
                                  www.JuneteenthJazz.com


             Clark Jones
             Washington Juneteenth Committee
                National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

             301-925-0008
             e-mail: clarkjones88@gmail.com
             web site: www.njclc.com


Report From
2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance



Photos from 2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance


Juneteenth Flag
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, returned to the nation's capitol for the ten year anniversary of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. Known as the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, a group of Juneteenth state leaders and supporters of the campaign were encouraged by the meetings and activities centered around Juneteenth Independence Day in Washington, DC.

From www.Juneteenth.us:


AVALANCHE-JOURNAL
Crusader pushes Juneteenth as national holiday
By Joe Gulick     June 6, 2009



Wednesday, June 17, 2009
National Juneteenth Congressional Symposium & Reception

Hosted By: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)


Rayburn House Office Building
Rooms B339-B340
Washington, DC



4:00pm - 6:30pm
Juneteenth CBC Congressional Symposium

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Juneteenth CBC Congressional Reception

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Master of Ceremonies





Danny Davis
Congressman Danny Davis
Donna Christensen
Congresswoman Donna Christensen
Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee




Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Roland Burris
Senator Roland Burris




Bobby Scott
Congressman Bobby Scott


Davis & Ridley
Congressman Danny Davis & Dr. Larry Ridley,
Executive Director of the African American
Jazz Caucus
discuss Juneteenth Jazz




"June Is Black Music Month!"
CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ
"Preseving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"

www.JuneteenthJazz.com





Dr. Larry Ridley, Executive Director of the
African American Jazz Caucus and
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Chairman of the
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP),
urged the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to support Juneteenth Jazz.


Davis & Ridley
Margaret Nana Yaa Baker performed
African dance at the CBC Juneteenth
Reception



Alvin Carter
Art Exhibit by national recognized
African American artist Alvin Carter
at the CBC Juneteenth Reception
Ron Myers
Dr. Myers performs Juneteenth
Jazz
at the CBC Congressional
Reception



From www.Juneteenth.us:


Alvin Carter
Nationally recognized Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter works on a piece he will
present to President Barack Obama on 'Juneteenth,' June 19, in Washington D.C.
Carter will have an Open House, exhibit and registration for his summer art
classes Saturday at his studio, just off Columbia Street on E. 4th Street.
DAILY NEWS PHOTO/Marcelle Hanemann


Bogalusa Daily News
Bogalusa artist preparing painting for Obama

By Marcelle Hanemann     May 8, 2009



"As the leader of the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' in America, I would like to express
our sincere appreciation and thanks to Congressman Danny Davis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
Senator Roland Burris, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Bobby Scott,
Congresswoman Donna Christensen, all members and staff of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) for their participation and support for
our 10th annual, 2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance at the U.S. Capitol.
We have come a mighty long way in ten years."


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)




Friday, the "19th of June", 2009
10th Annual National Day of Reconciliation and
Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement

"3rd Friday in June"
www.njclc.com/pressrelease.htm



National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast
National Press Club
Washington, DC
www.njclc.com/pressrelease1.htm



Ron Myers
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" and the Founder and Chairman of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement accepted the Apology For Slavery from the Congress of the United States with a "Statement of Unconditional Forgiveness" during the National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


Washington Post
Senate Backs Apology for Slavery
Resolution Specifies That It Cannot Be Used in Reparations Cases

By Krissah Thomas     June 19, 2009


U.S. Senate Apology For Slavery
(Unanimously passed on 6/18/09)



Jack Gaines
Pastor Jack Gaines delivering an inspiring
message on "Juneteenth & Biblical Reconciliation"




McCray, Myers & Bentley
Dr. Walter McCray & Dr. Ruth Bentley of
the National Black Evangelical Association
(NBEA)
with Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Mark Sijander
Former Congressman Mark Sajander
introduces Pastor Jack Gaines as
keynote speaker




Luc Gnacadja
Asst. United Nations Secretary
General Luc Gnacadja
Walter McCray
Dr. Walter McCray of Black Light Fellowship
in Chicago, IL, leading in prayer
.

Asst. United Nations Secretary General Luc Gnacadja delivered an inspiring statement following up on the results of the 1999 Benin Leadership Conference on Reconciliation and Development that was initiated by former Benin President Mathieu Kérékou. Secretary Gnacadja challenged the nations of the world to consider the model of Biblical Reconciliation that was instrumental in resolving deep conflicts and creating opportunities for economic development in Benin, Africa.


Myers & Gaines
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. & Pastor Jack Gaines


Rev. Dr. Ron Myers & Pastor Jack Gaines, author of the recent book, "My Brother's Keeper, Not My Brother's Killer", released on the "19th of June", 2009, at the National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast at the National Press Club. Pastor Gaines gave a moving message on "Juneteenth & Biblical Reconciliation" during the early morning event.


gainesbook
Click above to purchase a copy of
"My Brother's Keeper Not My Brother's Killer"
by Pastor Jack Gaines


Charisma Juneteenth

Charisma Magazine
Remembering Juneteenth
by Felicia Mann     June 19, 2009



Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. and Pastor Jack Gaines were also among the key African American leaders who worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) on the historic introduction of legislation for the Apology for Slavery before the Congress of the United States. This was the historic beginning of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.

Rev. Dr. Myers is sending letters to world leaders urging their support for the establishment of a World Day of Reconciliation and Healing beginning in 2010, on the "3rd Friday in June", an extension of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement resulting from the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Pastor Gaines was also instrumental in organizing the historic visit of Mathieu Kérékou, President of Benin, a West Coast African nation, central in the histric Atlantic Slave Trade, to the United States, in 1999, announcing an Apology to African Americans for the role African leaders in Benin played in selling their own people to the Europeans during the tyranny of enslavement. President Kérékou returned to Africa to host the historic 1999 Benin Reconciliation Conference that included African heads of state, representatives of the U.S. Congress, traditional African elders and U.S. citizens joined together in apologies and forgiveness from slavery.

In July of 2008, Congressman Steve Cohen was the sponsor of legislation for the U.S. House of Representatives Apology for Slavery. On June 18, 2009, during the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, Senator Tom Harkin sponsored legislation for the U.S. Senate Apology for Slavery.


From the historical archives of www.njclc.com:


Historic Congressional Apology for Slavery
Hall
Rev. Dr. Myers seen to the right of Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH)
during the historic announcement of legislation for a Congressional
Apology for Slavery
on "Juneteenth"
6/19/00.

Charisma Magazine
U.S. House Member Renews Call for Apology for Slavery
by Adrienne S. Gaines    September, 2000


African Leader Atones For the Legacy of Slavery

Kerekou
In 1999 Benin President Mathieu Kérékou called for a historic
gathering of spiritual leaders to atone--to Africans of the Diaspora--for the legacy
of slavery. His intention was to heal his nation of any economic and spiritual famine
caused by slavery, oppression and injustice.



Africa

Charisma Magazine
The Apology That Shook A Continent
by Addrienne Gaines     March, 2000

Charisma Magazine
A Prophetic Perspective
by Mark Pollard     November, 2000

Charisma Magazine
The History America Chose to Forget
by Valerie G. Lowe     November, 2000

Charisma Magazine
Let Forgiveness Come First
by Jack Gaines     November, 2000


"In the year 2000, the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' was the grass roots African American
national group that worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall on the second introduction of
historic legislation for the U.S. Congress to officially apologize for slavery, on the '19th of June'
at the nation's capitol. This was during our first WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National
Holiday Observance
and National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement.
By the grace of God through ten years of hard work and prayers, urging the congress and the president
to support the work and mission of the 'Modern Juneteenth Movement' in America, the nation
is moving much closer toward healing and reconciliation from the scars of enslavement."


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


National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service
Lincoln Park United Methodist Church
Washington,DC
www.njclc.com/pressrelease.htm



Maafa service
BARBARA L. SALISBURY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES People hold hands as a sign of
solidarity at a service at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in the District on Friday
to commemorate Juneteenth and the Maafa, or Africa Holocaust
(6/20/08)


Theme: "A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray"


During the 2009 National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service, Pastor Jack Gaines delivered an encouraging message on "Juneteenth & Biblical Reconciliation" and how Juneteenth is strategically positioned to model reconciliation and healing to the world.


Johnn Hunter
Pastor Johnnie Hunter


Pastor Johnnie Hunter, President of L.E.A.R.N., announced the release of the DVD, "MAAFA 21", which was inspired by the words given by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at the 2008 National Juneteenth Black Holocuast "Maafa" Memorial Service. The term "Maafa" (from the book, "Let the Circle Be Unbroken", by Dr. Marimba Ani) is a kiswahili term for "terrible occurrence" or "great disaster" that African Americans have embraced to tell our own story about enslavement and attempts to dehumanize us.


Juneteenth Flag


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Baptist Medical Missionary and Family Practitioner, serving in the poorest geographic region in America, the Mississippi Delta, sounded the alarm about the little known tragic "negative population growth" of African Americans because of the modern day "Maafa" of death and destruction that Dr. Myers referred to as "Black Genocide."

www.AMAApology.com     www.MyersFoundation.net     www.AmericanPainInstitute.org



Saturday, June 20, 2009
Prince George's County Juneteenth Celebration

Walker Mill Regional Park
District Heights, MD


Juneteenth Flag Juneteenth Flag
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., receives a special Juneteenth Proclamation
from Councilman Samuel H. Dean of Prince George's County Council



PGC Juneteenth Celebration
Dandre Carnegie, 3, of Forestville, takes a pony ride at the Juneteenth
celebration Saturday at Walker Mill Regional Park in District Heights.
Photo by Christopher Anderson






Sunday, June 21, 2009
National Juneteenth Father's Day
Sunday Morning Worship Service

Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Rev. Cornelius Wheeler, Pastor


Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Vermont Avenue Baptist Church was one of the historic African American
churches in Washington, DC that was founded by former slaves



Obama
Getty Images Photo



"President Obama was unable to attend any 2009 WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance activities.
We are anxiously awaiting his response to the thousands of petitions and letters sent to the White House
concerning the establishment of Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance. Let us continue
to pray for President Obama, especially his staff, who have the responsibility to keep him informed daily on issues
important to African Americans."


Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)



From www.Juneteenth.us:

Myers urges President Obama to issue a Presidential
Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National
Holiday Observance in America

(Letter to President Obama)


From www.JuneteenthJazz.com:

Myers urges President Obama to support Juneteenth Jazz
during Black Music Month in June through the performance of
the AAJC/HBCU Student All-star Big Band at the annual
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance

(Letter to President Obama)


From www.njclc.com

Myers invites President Obama to speak at the
annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust
"Maafa" Memorial Service in Washington, DC

(Letter to President Obama)



Juneteenth Petition
Festival goers sign a petition to spread the Juneteenth tradition across the nation.







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