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Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. Chair,am
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President & First Lady Yet to Personally Acknowledge Juneteenth at the White House

No Juneteenth Celebration at  the 
White House for Eight Years By 
President  Obama

President Barack & Michelle Obama
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Ron Myers
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.

(Washington, DC) - 2016 marks the eighth year that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama became the first African Americans to occupy the White House. During that span of time, there has been no personal acknowledgement of Juneteenth at the White House

The White House was built in part by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement.

Juneteenth, or the  "19th of June," recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed 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 issuing of  General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance.

"We will continue to urge President Obama to work with the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day and Patriot Day in America'" states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "We hope that President Obama and Michele will take time to show respect for America's second Independence Day celebration during their last Juneteenth occupying the White House."

The WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance has been scheduled for June 15-17, 2016. 

For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016; e-mail:; or web site:

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LINK to 2016 Juneteenth Letter to President Obama