June 15-19, 2017
Passing the Legacy
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
V. Myers, Sr., M..D.,
Founder & Chairman
PO Box 269 ● Belzoni MS 39038
Contact: Deborah ‘Dee’ Evans
National Communication Director
[email protected] ● 702.878.5277
Resignation of Gary ‘Teeluv’ Williams as Nevada State Director at National Juneteenth Observance Foundation Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Las Vegas NV July 7, 2017 – National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
announced today that Gary ‘Teeluv’ Williams gave notice to resign from his post as Nevada State Director at the end of the Las Vegas Juneteenth Week Celebration last month. The separation from the organization is effective immediately.
Mr. Williams has been serving as director since February of this year. Deborah Evans, NJOF National Communications Director, and Nevada State Director for twelve years, has taken on the responsibilities of the office until a suitable candidate can be found.
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation operates a grassroots campaign focusing on recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday, education and legislation. Directorship is more than an administrative position. Success involves aggressive communications, dedicated volunteer participation, cold calls, emails, long hours, coordination with community members and elected officials, fund raising, planning and creative financing to attain goals,
Ms. Evans stated that ‘ Teeluv Williams was instrumental in International Broadcast Journalist Malcolm W. Adams joining us as the keynote speaker for National Juneteenth Observance Foundation’s first Legacy and Culture Lecture.’
Rev Ronald V. Myers, founder and chairman of National Juneteenth Observance Foundation said, ‘We were disappointed when Gary ‘Teeluv’ Williams made his decision to leave NJOF last month, but appreciate that he continued with us until the completion of our 2017 Juneteenth Celebration programming. We wish him well in whatever future direction he pursues.’
7th National Juneteenth Observance Foundation Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration
Juneteenth Jazz Ensemble
FROM THE LEGACY OF ENSLAVEMENT
"Most Americans, black and white, would rather not discuss slavery. As with many subjects denial is the position most prefer. Whites because of guilt and responsibility, but blacks for reasons deep seeded in some twisted belief that to be enslaved in somehow makes you a lesser being." Midnight DJ
"Please join us in prayer and make the '18th of June' a monumental day of remembrance and healing in America," states Dr. Myers. "We must continue to seek God in prayer for the healing of the nation from the legacy of enslavement."
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M..D., Founder & Chairman National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
662-392-2016 ● e-mail: [email protected] web site: http://nationaljuneteenth.com
Deborah J. Evans National Communications Director National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign 702-878-5277 ● e-mail: [email protected] web site: http://lasvegasjuneteenthcelebrates.webs.com/
‘NJOF JUNETEENTH JAZZ, AND SPOKEN WORD CELEBRATION WEEKEND’ ‘7TH NJOF JUNETEENTH JAZZ AND SPOKEN WORD CELEBRATION: HISTORY’S EYES ARE ON YOU’
‘JUNETEENTH’S 152nd ANNIVERSARY OF FREEDOM FROM ENSLAVEMENT’
‘NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION PRESENTS 7TH JUNETEENTH LAS VEGAS CELEBRATION’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Las Vegas) The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) 7TH JUNETEENTH LAS VEGAS CELEBRATION which has been extended from one to five events, all free, family friendly and open to the public. NJOF was instrumental in the passing of legislation to recognize Juneteenth Independence Day in Nevada. The legislation, submitted by Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford, was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on May 12, 2011. Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
On Sunday June 18, 2017 the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation presents 7th NJOF Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration: History’s eyes are ON YOU at the West Las Vegas Library Theater from Noon -- 4:00pm
The multi-tiered celebration will feature legacy tables sharing information from community organizations. There will be the presentation of lifetime achievement awards and a free Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Concert.
Scheduled performers are Keith Brantley, Poet and Host of the Poet’s Corner, China Hudson and the Olabisi African Dance Ensemble, Deliverance Gospel , M.A.R.C Christian Fellowship Gospel Choir, and tribute artist Vince Dillard. International vocalist Gary Teeluv Williams and the 2015 Juneteenth Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Donald Cunningham will be the featured headliners.
Each year, the NJOF advisory committee acknowledges achievements of Las Vegas residents with presentation of the Juneteenth Heritage and Legacy Awards. The 2017 recipients will be: William ‘Bob’ Bailey & Anna Bailey , Arby Hambric, Q B Bush, Marzette Lewis, Claytee White , Ruby Duncan and Daisy Fox.
June 19, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the day in Galveston Texas when General Order No. 3 was read informing all within hearing that, “. . . in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.
2015 was also the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment. This amendment declared, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
For more information on the June 18th celebration, please contact the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989.
Visit the web site for information on all 2017 National Juneteenth Celebrations: http://lasvegasjuneteenthcelebrates.webs.com/
For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016. e-mail:[email protected] or visit the web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Founder & Chairman of National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), Deborah ‘Dee’ Evans, NJOF National Director of Communications, Gary Teeluv Williams, NJOF Nevada State Director, and Donald Cunningham will be available for interviews during the week of June 11, 2017 preceding the 7th Juneteenth Celebration Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration Week. Contact Dee Evans at 702-878-5277 or Gary Teeluv Williams at 402.707.5357
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, Las Vegas
'World Sickle Cell Day'
Sickle-cell anemia is one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases, that it has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected, and their families, and that in its homozygote form it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases.
Trans-continental, SCD is also trans-ethnic and affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe.
Sought for Reintroduction of SJR 45 For National Recognition of Juneteenth
‘ NJOF Continues Quest For National Juneteenth Independence Day Legislation’
152th Anniversary of Freedom From Enslavement’
‘NJOF and World Sickle
Cell Day Celebrate Freedom at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign’
‘GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION IN JUNETEENTH - WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY - on the "19th of June’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) will celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth Independence Day, and
recognize World Sickle Cell Day, at
11:00 am, on Monday June 19, 2017 at the Welcome
to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. In 2009
the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was added to the National Register of
Historic Places. .Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 45 states
and the District of Columbia. For the Juneteenth event, the bulbs will shine in
Red, White and Blue, the colors of both the American and the Juneteenth flags.
Juneteenth is America's second Independence Day Celebration because we were not free in 1776. Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jun-Jun, and Juneteenth National Freedom Day, recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX., Upon the reading of General Order #3 issued by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing the oldest national African American holiday observance. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation’s National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign seeks Congressional reintroduction of SJR 45. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) sponsored the historic 2012 legislation in the U.S. Senate to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day.
WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY, the "19th of June" - JUNETEENTH, was declared by the United Nations in 2008. The World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF), the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and Black Doctors Matter (BDM) are working with African American pregnant mothers, hospitals, the Red Cross, churches, etc., to encourage the donation of umbilical cord blood to cure sickle cell disease.
GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION IN JUNETEENTH - WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY - on the "19th of June" - BY THE NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION (NJOF) and the WORLD SICKLE CELL FEDERATION (WSCF)!
1. Join the Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Sickle Cell (CHTOSC) -www.Juneteenth.us/sicklecell.html
2. Network with a Juneteenth Celebration in your community through the NJOF - www.NationalJuneteenth.com
3. Network with a sickle cell anemia advocacy group through the World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) - www.WorldSickleCellFederation.com
4. Network with a group that is a member of the United Nations that advocates for the treatment of sickle cell anemia in their country - (i.e. - FACES Guyana @FightAganstSickleCellStigma)
5. Post the JUNETEENTH - WORLD SICKLE CELL PARTNERSHIP banner on your web site and publicity materials!
The donation of umbilical cord blood can lead to a cure for sickle cell disease.
For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016.
For more information the World Sickle Cell Partnership contact:
NIta Thompson (WSCF): (323)-620-2050, e-mail: [email protected]
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. (NJOF): (662)-392-2016, e-mail: [email protected]