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June 20, 2007


What amazes me is that several of the media reports about violence at Juneteenth Celebrations were later found out to have happened after the festival ended and in areas outside the festival sight. In several cases police and city officials later apologized for affiliating random violence to their Juneteenth Festivals.

It was wrong to blame the violent actions of a few misguided folks on the Juneteenth Festival. The media is once again guilty of trying to place negatives on anything affiliated with something constructive in our community.

Year after year the national media has ignored coverage of the celebration of Juneteenth. Yet, when an opportunity presents itself to put out bad publicity with unsubstantiated reports about violence at Juneteenth events, all of a sudden Juneteenth is all over the news. I have yet to see a positive report about the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign or interviewing national Juneteenth leaders about the significance of Juneteenth in American history.

What about violence at "4th of July" celebrations, or even that infamous St. Patrick's Day Massacre, Al Capone, et. al.? The national media is again showing itself to be biased toward African-Americans.

Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day celebration. 29 states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States.

Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

Why are you being so rude?? Just because you don't understand what Juneteenth is, doesn't mean you can put it on blast.

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