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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9/9/01) 

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman 
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) 
P.O. Box 29 
Belzoni, MS 39038 
662-247-1471 202-331-8864 
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com 
web sites: http://www.19thofjune.com/ 
                http://www.juneteenthshoppingmall/ 
                http://www.njof.org/ 

NATIONAL JUNETEENTH 
BLACK HOLOCAUST 
MEMORIAL SERVICE 

(Washington, DC) - The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council 
(NJCLC) will be hosting the 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust 
Memorial Service, on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Lincoln Memorial and 
National Mall, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The Memorial Service will be part of 
the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance, June 13-19, 2002, in Washington, DC. 

"Our country needs healing from what slavery has inflicted upon generations 
of Americans," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of 
the NJCLC. "Only when we are able to acknowledge the atrocity of slavery, 
where millions of our ancestors died in the middle passage and thousands more 
were murdered and lynched before and after the Civil War, can the healing of 
our nation truly move forward." 

The NJCLC, sponsors of the 3rd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and 
Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, on Wednesday, the "19th of June", 
2002, in Washington, DC, supports the efforts of Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) 
to have Congress "officially apologize for slavery" and efforts by Senator 
Sam Brownback (R-KS) for members of Congress to have a National Day of 
Reconciliation. The group also supports the establishment of Juneteenth 
Independence Day as a National Holiday. 

In a recent letter to President Bush, Rev., Dr. Myers encourages him to lead 
the nation toward racial reconciliation and healing through participation in 
the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust Memorial Service, the National Day of 
Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Slavery, establishment of a 
Presidential National Juneteenth Commission, issuing of a Presidential 
Proclamation establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National 
Holiday Observance and addressing the national during Juneteenth Independence 
Day at the White House. 

President Bush, while acknowledging Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican-American freedom 
celebration, refused to acknowledge Juneteenth Independence Day at the White 
House last June. "We are praying that President Bush will lead the nation by 
example and acknowledge the end of slavery in America and the need for 
healing from the legacy of slavery in America, " states Rev., Dr. Myers. 
"The White House and the U.S. Capitol were both built through uncompensated 
slave labor during the tyranny of slavery. As the former Governor of Texas, 
where Juneteenth began in 1865, surely President Bush understands the 
significance of the '19th of June' in America." 

For information on the 1st Annual National Juneteenth Black Holocaust 
Memorial Service, the 3rd Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing 
from the Legacy of Slavery, the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2002 National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-247-1471, 202-331-8864, e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com or web sites: http://www.njclc.com/, http://www.juneteenthshoppingmall.com/, 
http://www.njof.org/, or http://www.19thofJune.com/. 

1st Annual 

NATIONAL JUNETEENTH 
BLACK HOLOCAUST 
MEMORIAL SERVICE 

"A Time to Heal, A Time to Pray"

1:00pm - 5:00pm 
Saturday, June 15, 2002 
Juneteenth Independence Day 
(Observed on the 3rd Saturday in June) 
Lincoln Memorial - National Mall 
Washington, DC 

Let us come together to repent for the sin of slavery and ask God to heal our 
land! 

Let us come together to pray for racial reconciliation and healing from the 
legacy of slavery in our nation! 

For information contact: 

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman 
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) 
P.O. Box 29 Belzoni, MS 39038 
662-247-1471 662-247-1384 Fax 202-331-8864 
e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com www.19thofJune.com 
www.njclc.com www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com

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