Juneteenth Independence Day

Six months after being sworn into office Senator Obama introduced legislation to delegate Juneteenth Independence Day from a “commemorative” day to a holiday to observe annually with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs. One year later Obama introduced the legislation again.

The holiday is designed to celebrate the African Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest, June 19, commonly known as Juneteenth Independence Day, is the anniversary of their emancipation.

According to the bill Obama feels that recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day, and expressing the sense of Congress that history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.

Senator Barack Obama is the Senate Host, National Juneteenth Congressional Committee

S.Con.Res. 42 (19th)

S.Res. 516 (19th)

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One Response to Juneteenth Independence Day

  1. 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. We honor our ancestors, Americans of African descent, who heard the news of freedom and celebrated with great joy and jubilation, on the “19th of June”, Juneteenth, 1865.

    It took over 88 years for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.

    The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign has worked diligently for several years to establish legislation in 29 states to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States. This has been a great accomplishment for the “Modern Juneteenth Movement” in America, reaching far beyond the establishment of Juneteenth as a state holiday in the place were it all began, in Texas, first celebrated in 1980.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday 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)
    http://www.Juneteenth.us
    http://www.19thofJune.com
    http://www.njclc.com
    http://www.JuneteenthJazz.com

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