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NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION (NJOF)
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 (5/28/01)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             662-247-1471 202-331-8864
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                            www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
                            www.njof.org

             Dr. Saharra Bledsoe
             Unity International
             301-386-2112
             e-mail: Mswaymaker@aBlackWorld.com


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.

The 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. Scheduled speakers include Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Frederick Douglass IV, the great great grandson of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige and Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.

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 will also take place on the "19th of June", 2001. Supporters of efforts to support legislation for the country to officially apologize for slavery, as previously introduced before congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH), and a National Day of Reconciliation as introduced by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) will begin the day with a morning Prayer Service at the Embassy of the Prince of Peace, Rev. Ruth Scoffield, Director.

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 Friday, June 15th opening of an Juneteenth Art Exhibit at Howard University with artist Alvin Cater; a Sunday, June 17th, Juneteenth Fathers Day Worship Service at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Rev., Dr. John R. Wheeler, Pastor and evening Blues Concert at Zonzobar on the Waterfront featuring Pam Jordan & Doniel Nellum; and a Monday, June 18th, evening Jazz Concert at the African-American Civil War Memorial featuring minister, physician and jazz musician Ron Myers and jazz vocalist Gloria Martin Jackson.

Also, a 1st Annual Washington, DC Unity Juneteenth Observance has been scheduled for Monday, June 18th, at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Speaking at the event will be minister, actor, producer and composer Clifton Davis.

Unity International, founded by Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, President, is an affiliate organization of the NJOF. Dr. Bledsoe has been appointed the NJOF Washington 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.



WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001 June 15-19, 2001 Schedule of Events (Latest Update - 4/11/01)


Friday, June 15th

6:00pm - 9:00pm Juneteenth Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Alvin Carter
Blackburn Center
Howard University
Washington, DC


Saturday, June 16th


1:00pm - 6:00pm National Juneteenth Observance

Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC


7:00pm Juneteenth Book Signing & Reception

"My Bondage & My Freedom"
"What To the Slave is the 4th of July?"
By Frederick Douglass
Rewritten By Elizabeth Anderson


Frederick Douglass 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.
Washington, DC


6:30pm Juneteenth Benefit Blues Concert & Reception

Pam Jordan & Doniel Nellum
Zanzobar on the Waterfront
700 Water Street, S.W.
Washington, DC

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.
Washington, DC


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
Washington, DC


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
Washington, DC


7:00pm 5th Annual National Juneteenth Prayer & Praise Worship Service

Washington Christian Center
Dr. A. Lorenzo McKinney, Pastor
2200 Culbera Drive
Hillcrest Heights, MD


Please pass this along to all you Know on and off line Announcing 1st Annual Washington, DC Unity Juneteenth Observance

June 18th 2001 8am - 6pm
Washington Plaza Hotel
Ten Thomas Circle, N.W.


Featured Events:

Unification Breakfast 8am - 12noon
Connectivity Luncheon 12noon - 2pm
Unity Entertainment Extravaganza 2pm - 6pm


Each segment of this event shall have a variety of speakers and entertainer designed to create an entire day of Unity and Unification that shall stimulate the mind, excite the spirit, and unify us all as we embrace past struggle, present conditions, and encourage future aspirations.

Featured Guests:

Noted Minister, Actor, Producer, and Composer
Clifton Davis

Senior Pastor of Indiana
Rev., Dr. James W. Bledsoe

Authors
Dr. Charles Taylor & Dr. Joel Freeman

Solo Artist
Suzette Phillips

Founder of Brothers and Sisters In and Out Prison Out Reach
Dr. Donald Evans

Motivational Speaker and Composer of the Unity International Theme Song
Rev. Chris Wyatt

Musician
Eugene Peoples

& Many Others!

Theme: What we have Overcame and Now must Overcome!

One main priority of Unity Juneteenth is to begin to set examples, and create experiences, especially for your young, that shall, in a positive manner, define exactly what Unity and the power of Unification looks like, feels like, and can accomplish through that spiritual sense of connectivity.

Therefore, during the Unification Breakfast, it is one of our goals to assemble no less than 100 Ministers, Clergy, Pastors, Bishops, Rabbis, Priest, and all other spiritual leaders, Rather Male or Female.

So, let Everyone plan to attend today!
*Tax-deductible Tickets are only $20.00

All special interest groups, religious organizations, small businesses and corporations involved in enlightenment, advancement, and empowerment may participate in this event through various hand out literature and oral presentations.

For all questions, comments, and/or to confirm your reservations

Call 301 386 2112 Fax 301 386 6111
Email: MsWayMaker@ABLACKWORLD.com
or Visit the National Juneteenth Web Site: www.njof.org

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