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National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
1100 15th Street, N.W., Suite #300
Washington, DC 20005
202-331-8864 202-331-8876 Fax
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax
www.19thofJune.com e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
www.njof.org www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/19/01)


Contact: Opal Lee
     Fort Worth Juneteenth Celebration
     817-335-1866
     e-mail: 10726@email.msn.com

     Doris Kingston
     Austin Juneteenth Celebration
     512-480-3000
     e-mail: Doris.Kingston@ci.Austin.tx.us
     Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
     National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
     National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
     662-247-1471
     662-247-3364
     e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com


Texas National Juneteenth Press Conferences (4/20/01 & 4/21/01)

(Fort Worth & Austin, TX) - The Fort Worth and Austin Juneteenth Celebration Committees will be hosting Press Conferences with Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) this weekend. Dr. Myers will be announcing information concerning the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance, at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and US Capitol Grounds, June 15-19, 2001, in Washington, DC and an update on the status of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.

The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery will also take place on Tuesday, the "19th of June", in Washington, DC, where supporters will urge Congress and President Bush to support efforts by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) for the country to officially apologize for slavery.

"We have requested President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day, the "19th of June" as a National Holiday," states Rev., Dr. Myers. "Congress passed a historic resolution in 1997 recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56. A Presidential Proclamation is all that is needed for Juneteenth to be recognized all calendars as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day, without the need for a paid federal holiday."

Juneteenth Independence Day is recognized as a paid state holiday in Texas. Other states that recognize the end of slavery in America through Juneteenth, when Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, announcing to the last group of slaves in America that they were free include, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. Many more states including Maryland, Virginia, New York, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Mississippi and Montana have recognized Juneteenth Independence Day through legislative resolutions and the future introduction and passage of Juneteenth State Holiday Bills.

"It took over two and a half years for the news of freedom to come to Texas through the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln," states Dr. Myers. "I hope that is doesn't take President Bush, as the former Governor of Texas, where Juneteenth is recognized as paid state holiday, to support our request for establishing Juneteenth as a National Holiday."

In a recent letter to President Bush, Dr. Myers urged him to establish a Presidential National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future Presidents on how the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through the celebration of freedom.

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the NJOF contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com, web sites: www.19thofJune.com or www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com, or contact NJOF Texas Juneteenth State Coordinator and Director of the Arlington Juneteenth Celebration, James Carter, at 817-307-1483 or e-mail: discipleofpeace@hotmail.com.

PRESS CONFERENCES

Friday, April 20, 2001, 9:30am
1115 Evans Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
Info: Opal Lee - 817-335-1866

Saturday, April 21, 2001, 11:00am
Rosewood Recreation Center Pavilion
2300 Rosewood Avenue
Austin, TX
Info: Doris Kingston - 512-480-3000


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