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Juneteenth Message Ignored as

"12 Years s Slave" Receives Top Honors

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Juneteenth Message Ignored as
"12 Years a Slave" Receives Top Honors
 

 

As top Oscar honors go to the movie "12 Years a Slave," confronting America's enslavement legacy once again becomes the focus of a nation uncomfortable dealing with a dark history of human oppression.
  
Will America respond more significantly to the message of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" for reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement? Will the
U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance like Flag Day or Patriot Day?
  
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June," recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest.
Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.
 
"The annual celebration of the Juneteenth, on the "19th of June," affords our nation the most constructive opportunity to deal with the legacy of enslavement," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "We continue to observe the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement on the '18th of June' while pushing for the establishment of Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance."
 
The National Juneteenth Black Holocaust "Maafa" Memorial Service takes place during the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. Reconciliation and healing memorial prayer services take place at the sites of lynching and deadly race riots. Many churches host maafa services across the country.
 
History reveals that George Washington was a slave owner. Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner. However, neither of their national monuments in Washington, DC makes mention of this fact or the other founding fathers who were slave owners.
  
The USPS refuses to issue a Juneteenth postage stamp. Legislation to establish
Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance was recently blocked by U.S. Senate Democratic leadership. Juneteenth was not acknowledged by the White House in 2013. Juneteenth leaders were threatened with arrest at the U.S. Capitol before attending the 2013 14th Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance Congressional Juneteenth Reception.
  
Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in
42 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
  
"Our message is simple. America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement," states Dr. Myers, also the Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "We now observe the World Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement on the '20th of August.' Please support the establishment of Juneteenth as a National Day of Observance for the purpose of reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement."
  
For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016 or 662-247-1471; e-mail: