FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (2/25/02)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
web sites: www.19thofjune.com
NATIONAL JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN
MEETS IDAHO GOVERNOR DIRK KEMPTHORNE
(Mountain Home, ID) - Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, met with Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne during the historic 14th Annual Mountain Home Black History Month Celebration. Idaho became the 5th state to recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday in 2001.
"Idaho has become an example to the nation in recognizing diversity and the contributions black Americans have made to the nation," states Dr. Myers. "I commend Governor Kempthorne and State Senator Robbi King-Barrutia for their leadership in establishing Juneteenth as a State Holiday in Idaho. America needs more of what Idaho has achieved in the area of cultural diversity."
Joel McNeal, Idaho Juneteenth State Director and President of the Boise-Ada-Elmore Branch of the NAACP considers Idaho's accomplishments one of America's brightest achievements. "For Idaho to embrace the historical and cultural diversity of black Americans in a state where the overwhelming majority of the population is not black is a shining example to the rest of America," states McNeal, the first black American to serve in the Idaho State Legislature as both state representative and state senator. "Black History Month is a celebration of the contributions black Americans have made to Idaho and throughout America."
During a recent meeting at the White House to encourage President Bush to participate in the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance, June 13-19, 2002, Dr. Myers made reference to the recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday in Idaho. "I hope that Governor Kempthorne's example will be of encouragement to President Bush to recognize Juneteenth as a National Holiday through an executive order," states Dr. Myers.
"I also asked the President to address the nation during Juneteenth, appoint a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, host a White House Juneteenth ceremony and support the 3rd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery National by participating in the 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service at the Lincoln Memorial," continues Dr. Myers. "I hope that President Bush will take the opportunity through the recognition of Juneteenth, following the tragic events of September 11th, to lead the nation toward unity, reconciliation and healing from the legacy of slavery in America."
For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002, contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or visit the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign web site at www.19thofJune.com.