Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Founder & Chairman
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? Juneteenth or the "19th of June", is the date set aside for the celebration
of freedom from the end of enslavement for Americans of African descent. Juneteenth is reccognized by
42 states, the District of Columbia and the
U.S. Congress as
"Juneteenth Independence Day" in America. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual
emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued
General Order No. 3, on June 19, 1865, almost two
and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the
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NJOF National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
NJCLC National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council
Corey S. Krasko * Times Record
Earlton Balles, from left, on alto sax and Kevin Willis on
guitar jam with the Rev. Ronald Myers Sr. during a Jazzy
Tuesday Jam Session for Juneteenth at the Golden Goose
nightclub on North 10th Street. Myers, a physician in
Roland, is the national head of the Juneteenth holiday
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
Chair Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. is
asking Congress to enact legislation to
make Juneteenth a national day of
observance in America.
National Juneteenth Theme:
"Together we will see Juneteenth Independence Day
become a National Holiday in America!"
The Rev. Ronald Myers, founder and national chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation,
congratulates 94-year-old Elbert Theodore Link who was presented the 2010 National Juneteenth Military
Honors Award in Washington on Saturday.
Proud members of the U.S. Army from Fort Wainwright, AK and Fort Greeley, AK, along with Delta Junction, AK Mayor Mary
Leith-Dowling, Fairbanks, AK NAACP President Tilmon Taylor, Fairbanks, AK School Board Vice-President, Wendy Dominique,
Dr. Ron Myers, Bishop Dave Thomas and staff representatives of Congressman Don Young, Lt. Governor Craig Campbell,
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich attended a Juneteenth Military Honors Awards Reception and Wreath Laying
Ceremony in honor of African American amry engineers who built the
Alaska Alcan Highway and completed the
Sikinna River Bridge on October 28, 1942. Lt. Colonel Timothy Jones and Lt. Colonel Chris Chronis spoke passionately
about the important accomplishments of the completion of the
Alaska Alcan Highway during World War II.
Dr. Ron Myers,
National Juneteenth Jazz Artist and accomplished jazz musician, performed an original composition on pocket trumpet in
honor of the African American army engineers entitled "Alcan."
Dick Griffin and
Dr. Myers presenting Gov. Sean Parnell with a copy of the book, "Juneteenth
a Celebration of Freedom" (top left).
Dick Griffin (trombone) in concert with
Ron Myers (paino)
& Dirk Westfall (bass) (top right).
Dr. Myers & Bishop Dave Thomas receiving an
Alaskan flag flown over the state capital on October 28, 2009 in Juneau, AK
by Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell in honor of the African American army engineers who
brought down the wall of segregation in the U.S. military (bottom).
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Bogalusa artist Alvin Carter stands next to one of his
paintings at his former studio on Columbia Street.
Carter, known for his colorful murals and paintings
depicting the African American struggle, died Friday
at the age of 66.
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Myers urges President Obama to issue a Presidential
Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National
Holiday Observance in America
(Letter to President Obama)
The dome of the Capitol is framed through dense
summer foliage, in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ralph Browne, Director of the Massachusetts Juneteenth Holiday
Campaign, stands before his house on How Street flanked by two flags
that celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday he recently helped get recognized
by Massachusetts as the end of slavery.
Dave Benoit, photographer
Local Activist Helped Push For Juneteenth Recognition
By David Benoit June 21, 2007
"Horn in the Corn"
Bill Johnson, Photographer
, Greenville, MS