FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 18, 2002)|
CONTACT: Evangelist Helen Sims
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
web sites: www.19thofJune.com
DR. M.L. KING, JR. MARCH FOUNDER ANNOUNCES
MISSISSIPPI JUNETEENTH STATE HOLIDAY BILL
(Belzoni, MS) - The 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March, the oldest observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Mississippi Delta, will feature a speech by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and founder of the march, Monday, January 21, 2002, in Belzoni, MS. Dr. Myers will announce the introduction of the Mississippi Juneteenth Holiday Bill, introduced by State Senator David Jordan (D-G eenwood). Juneteenth, recognized as America's second Independance Day celebration by the Congress of the United States and a holiday in many states, marks the end slavery in America, on the "19th of June", 1865.
"Mississippi needs healing from the leagacy of slavery, brought to the attention of the nation during the state flag issue last year", states Rev., Dr. Myers,Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "Dr. King's dream can only be realized through true racial reconciliation that can only come from America dealing truthfully with its slave legacy. The passage of the Mississippi Juneteenth State Holiday Bill is the right step at the right time for Mississippi."
Dr. Myers, Founder of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing for the Legacy of Slavery, will be leading the first ever National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service at the Lincoln Memorial during the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance, June 13-19, 2002, in Washington DC. "As long as we continue to have a segregated school system in the Mississippi Delta, consisting of predominately white private schools and predominately black public scho ls, Dr King's dream will never be realized," continues Dr. Myers.
The march will begin at 12 noon, on the corner of Rev. George Lee Avenue and Jackson Street, in Belzoni, MS. For more information on the march, contact Evangelist Helen Sims, Director of the We Care Services Multipurpose Facility Building, 305 North Hayden Street, Belzoni, MS, where Dr. Myers will speak at 1:00 pm at 662-247-3473, or Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471, websites: www.19thofJune.com, www.NJCLC.com, www.BuffaloFishFestival.com and www.MyersFoundation.net.