juneteenth flagPresident Donald Trump may have broken a 16 year precedent by not hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, but Juneteenth leaders hope that he will be the first U.S. President to celebrate Juneteenth Independence Day on the "19th of June" at the nation's capitol.
 
"Juneteenth is an American celebration of freedom and has never been recognized by any U.S. Presidents at the White House," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), host of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance"We have been urging President Trump to acknowledge Juneteenth at the White Housebuilt in part by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement."
 
Along with vibrant celebrations of freedom from the end of enslavement in America, Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremonies honor the contributions of black veterans, especially those who served during the Civil War.
 
"As the Commander and Chief, President Trump has a great opportunity to honor the 186,000 colored troops and 20,000 colored sailors who fought for their freedom during the Civil War," states Rev Dr. Myers, Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign"We are also urging President Trump to issue an Executive Order and sign legislation from the U.S. Congress to make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance  
in America." 
 
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the issuing of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance. 

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states. In 2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a district holiday observance. 

Since 1997, the U.S. Congress has unanimously passed legislation recognizing Juneteenth for several years. In 2016, the U.S. Senate 
passed S. Res. 500, recognizing the "19th of June" as Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
 
For information on the Campaign to Make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance, contact Rev. Dr. Ron Myers at 662-392-2016; e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com.