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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/25/01)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
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National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
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Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 National Holiday Observance
(Washington, DC) - The Campaign to Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday returns to the nation's capitol with a new President, George W. Bush, and a new administration. Scheduled for June 15-19, 2001, the expectations are high for the President Bush to complete the work started by congress in 1997, by issuing a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday in America. In 1997, a historic resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States, through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56, recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
A 2001 National Juneteenth Observance is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Lincoln Memorial, from 1:00pm till 6:00pm. A National Juneteenth Rally will take place at the U.S. Capitol Grounds, on Tuesday, the "19th of June", 2001, from 12:00noon till 4:00pm. The rally will be preceded by the Juneteenth Frederick Douglas Freedom March, beginning at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglas at 10:00am and ending at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol Grounds. The march will be lead by former Sudanese slave Francis Bok, a leader of the Sudanese freedom movement.
Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Idaho and Alaska. Many more states including California, Oregon, South Dakota, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey are contemplating legislation to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.
The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery has also been scheduled for the "19th of June", 2001, and will coincide with efforts to support legislation for the country to officially apologize for slavery, previously introduced before congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH). President Bush has also been asked to establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise him and future presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can promote racial reconciliation and bring all Americans together through our common bond of freedom.
The 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service, at the Washington Christian Center, Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor, in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, will bring the five day event to a triumphant and glorious close.
Other activities include a Friday, June 15th opening of a Juneteenth Art Exhibit at Howard University, featuring artist Alvin Carter; a Saturday, June 16th Juneteenth Book Signing & Reception at the Frederick Douglas Museum & Hall of Fame For Caring Americans, with Elizabeth Anderson; a Sunday, June 17th, Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church and evening Blues Concert & Reception at Zanzibar on the Waterfront, featuring Doniel Nellum; and a Monday, June 18th, evening Benefit Jazz Concert & Reception at the African-American Civil War Memorial, featuring Rev. Ron Myers.
Also, a 1st Annual Washington Unity Juneteenth Conference has been scheduled for Monday, June 18th, at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Featured speakers will include Dr. Joel Freeman of the Freeman Institute, Dr. Donald Evans, Rev., Dr. James W. Bledsoe and Suzette Philips. Unity International, founded by Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, President, is an affiliate organization of the NJOF. Dr. Bledsoe has been appointed Washington, DC District Coordinator for WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 and can be reached at 301-386-2112 or e-mail at MsWayMaker@ablackworld.com.
The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) are the sponsors of WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001. Both organizations, chaired by Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., requests your continued prayers and financial support. Please make your tax-deductible donation check out to the NJOF and mail to T.C. Williams, CPA, 7676 New Hampshire Ave., Suite #300, Langley Park, MD. For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-247-1471 or 202-331-8864, e-mail at MyersFound@aol.com, or web sites at www.19thofJune.com or www.njof.org or JuneteenthShoppingMall.com. Join our daily National Juneteenth Chat at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST by logging into the NJOF web site www.njof.org or www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com.
WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 June 15-19, 2001
Schedule of EventsFriday, June 15th
Latest Update (4/11/01)
6:00pm - 9:00pm Juneteenth Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, June 16th
1:00pm - 6:00pm National Juneteenth Observance
7:00pm Juneteenth Book Signing & Reception
"My Bondage & My Freedom"
"What To the Slave is the 4th of July?"
By Frederick Douglas
Rewritten By Elizabeth Anderson
Frederick Douglas Museum & Hall of Fame For Caring Americans
320 "A" Street, N.E.
Sunday, June 17th
10:45am Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service
Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
Rev., Dr. John R. Wheeler, Pastor
1630 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Blues Concert & Reception
Zanzibar on the Waterfront
700 Water Street, S.W.
Monday, June 18th
6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Jazz Concert & Reception
Rev. Ron Myers Improvisational Praise Ensemble
African-American Civil War Museum
1200 "U" Street, N.W.
Tuesday, June 19th
8:00am 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Slavery Prayer Service
Embassy of the Prince of Peace
3003 Massachusetts Avenue
10:00am Juneteenth Frederick Douglass Freedom March
March begins at the Anacostia historic home of Frederick Douglass and ends at the West Side of the U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds Washington, DC
12:00noon - 4:00pm National Juneteenth Rally
West Side of U.S. Capitol Steps and Grounds
7:00pm 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service
Washington Christian Center
Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor
2200 Culbera Drive
Hillcrest Heights, MD
Announcing, 1st Annual
Washington, DC Unity 2001
June18, 2001 8am - 6 pm Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, N.W.
Unification Breakfast - 8am
Mid-Day Unity Luncheon - 12noon
Unity Entertainment Extravaganza - 2pm
With a variety of noted speakers and entertainers to create a full days events that shall stimulate the mind, excite the spirit, and unify the people as we embrace past struggle, present conditions, and future aspirations.
Rev., Dr. James W. Bledsoe, Dr. Joel Freeman, Suzette Philips & Dr. Donald Evans
Rev. Chris Wyatt
Motivational Speaker and Composer of the Unity International Theme Song
Eugene Peoples Saxophonist
& many others!
THEME: What we have overcame & now must overcome!
Unity International, Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, Founder
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