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Juneteenth On It’s Way To Becoming A National Holiday

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Citizens across the nation are preparing their celebration of this years Juneteenth while one U.S. Senator plans to introduce new legislation that would propose to make the once local commemoration into a nationally recognized holiday.

According to press secretary Tom Flanagin, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will present a joint resolution next week that would designate June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day, reports The Houston Chronicle.

“By observing this day, our nation will honor the role that Juneteenth has played in African-American culture in Texas and throughout the country, and it will remind us that in America, we are all blessed to live in freedom,” Hutchison said.

Juneteenth celebrates the official announcement that Texas slaves were to be freed on June 19th, 1865 when a group of Union soldiers landed in Galveston to inform and enforce the new law. The action came a full three years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that was meant to free the slaves across the entire nation.

Founder and chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, Ronald Myers, says that 41 states across the country already officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, with Maryland close behind to become the 42nd.

“We’re looking for this being the year for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday observance in America, like Flag Day and Patriot Day,” Myers said.

“America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement.”

Does your state officially recognize Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day”? If so, what plans do you have to celebrate the holiday?

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5 Responses to “Juneteenth On It’s Way To Becoming A National Holiday”

  1. Ronald Doc Myers

    As in previous years, President Obama did not issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing Juneteenth as a national day of observance, but just another impersonal annual Juneteenth statement. Juneteenth has never been celebrated at the White House and President Obama has yet to speak to the public about the significance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America.

    The White House and the U.S. Capitol were built by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement. President Obama should host a White House Juneteenth reception to honor their sacrifice.

    However, thanks for supporting, writing and reporting on Juneteenth. Most importantly, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) has introduced legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day and Patriot Day.

    We urge President Obama to do the right thing and join the U.S. Congress to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance in America.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a national holiday in America!

    "DOC"
    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
    Founder & Chairman.
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF).
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC).
    National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP).
    http://www.NationalJuneteenth.com

  2. Ronald Doc Myers

    Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. Americans of African descent were trapped in the tyranny of enslavement on the country’s first “4th of July”, 1776, Independence Day.

    It took over 88 years for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, the last southern state in rebellion during the Civil War, where enslavement was allowed, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln. The dynamic leadership of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was very important to the ending of enslavement in America.

    41 states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States. On the “19th of June”, 2012, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance in America.

    We join our ancestors, Americans of African descent, in the celebration of the announcement of freedom, on the "19th of June", Juneteenth. It was the 13th Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress on December 6, 1865, and signed by the Secretary of State on December 18, 1865, that was the legal action that ended enslavement in America.

    The "Modern Juneteenth Movement" recognizes and supports Juneteenth as our National Freedom Day, when we come together as Americans to celebrate freedom from enslavement in the nation.

    The "19th of June" and the "4th of July" completes the cycle of Independence Day celebrations in America. You can not celebrate freedom in America without both days.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a national holiday observance in America!

    “DOC”
    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
    Chairman
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign.
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF).
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC).
    National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP).
    http://www.NationalJuneteenth.com

  3. Jaz Green

    I am happy I found this page. The 1st Annual Juneteenth celebration happened in Laurens County, GA in 2013. My sibling's organization jointly organized the 1st event with an alumni association. I am looking forward to 2nd Annual Juneteenth in 2014.