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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/18/01)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
              National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
              National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
              662-247-1471    202-331-8864
              e-mail: MyersFound@aol.com
              web sites: www.19thofJune.com
              www.JuneteenthShoppingMall.com
              www.njof.org
         
              John Thompson, Founder & C.E.O.
              Juneteenth America, Inc.
              909-988-5810
              e-mail: juneteentham@earthlink.net
              web sites: www.juneteenthamericainc.com
                              www.juneteenthontario.com
                              www.juneteenthconvention.com

PRESIDENT BUSH URGED TO ESTABLISH JUNETEENTH AS A
NATIONAL HOLIDAY AT NATIONAL JUNETEENTH CONVENTION

(Ontario, California) - Leaders of the campaign to establish Juneteenth as a
National Holiday continue to urge President Bush to support their efforts at
the 4th Annual National Juneteenth Convention & Expo at the Ontario Convention
Center in Ontario, California.  Thousands of petitions have been sent to
the White House requesting President Bush to issue a Presidential
Proclamation recognizing Juneteenth Indepedence Day as a National Holiday
Observance in America.    

President Bush, who refused to recognize Juneteenth at the White House this
year, while hosting "Cinco de Mayo", a Mexican freedom celebration,
addressing the nation in Spanish and English, still has not responded to
numerous letters and request  made by Juneteenth leaders from across the
country.  "As the former Governor of Texas, where Juneteenth is a paid state
holiday, it is quite perplexing that President Bush will not respond to our
request to establish a National Juneteenth H
oliday." states Rev. Ronald V.
Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
(NJOF)
.  "We are not asking for a paid federal holiday, but official
recognition of the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth provides President
Bush with an excellent opportunity to bring all Americans together to promote
racial reconciliation and healing throughout the country."

Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) wrote President Bush in June, urging
him to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday.  'We hope that President
Bush will 'do the right thing' for America and make Juneteenth a National
Holiday,"
states Dr. Myers.  "America needs healing from all that the legacy
of slavery has inflicted upon generations of people since the "19th of June",
1865.  As the leader of our nation, we pray that President Bush will humble
himself and lead this nation toward healing."  

For information on the 4th Annual National Juneteenth Convention & Expo,
contact John Thompson at 909-988-5810, e-mail: juneteentham@earthlink.net or
websites: www.juneteenthamericainc.com, www.juneteenthconvention.com
or www.juneteenthontario.com. For information on the National Juneteenth
Holiday Campaign
contact Dr. Ron Myers at 662-247-1471, e-mail:
MyersFound@aol.com
or web sites: www.njof.org, www.19thofjune.com or
www.juneteenthshoppingmall.com
.

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