Press Release: June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month


Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             662-392-2016     662-247-1471
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             John Thompson, Executive Producer
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             Juneteenth America, Inc.
             web site:

             Merritt Smith, Music Director
             Omaha Juneteenth Celebration
             Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc.

             web site:

Juneteenth Jazz

Horn In The Corn
Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., M.D.

June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month

Juneteenth Jazz
Celebrating Our Black Jazz Music Legacy

National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
Announces Celebration of Juneteenth Jazz During Black Music Month

(Kansas City, MO & Omaha, NB) - The National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) announces "June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month ", a grass roots community based jazz legacy preservation initiative during Black Music Month. June is Black Music Month, most recently proclaimed African American Music Appreciation Month, also the month where the "19th of June", Juneteenth Independence Day is celebrated throughout America.

The NAJJP is sponsoring several Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Concerts and Juneteenth Art Exhibits during Black Music Month including the historic jazz cities of Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NB.

"Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of enslavement in America," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist. " Juneteenth Jazz is dedicated to the preservation of the unique aesthetic expression of freedom through jazz, and the spiritual essence of a people whose lives continue to be the creative catalyst of all America's music. Juneteenth Jazz is dedicated to the innovators of this great music and the economic, cultural and educational development of the historic community that produced America's most intellectually sophisticated musical expression of freedom for all the world to enjoy."

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 reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, state holiday observance or national day of recognition.

"Jazz is African American Classical Music, created from the hearts, lives and souls of black folks who arrived in America in the belly of slave ships," states Rev., Dr. Myers, Founder and Chairman of the NAJJP, the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "The preservation of our unique African American jazz music legacy is what Black Music Month and the celebration of Juneteenth is all about."

Concerned about the visible decline of jazz in the black community, with diminishing concert and small group performances in black owned and operated venues, the NAJJP was established to support the presentation of Juneteenth Jazz throughout the country. Events sponsored by the NAJJP are conducted annually and include Juneteenth Jazz festivals and concerts in Port Arthur, Fort Smith, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Washington, DC.

"We encourage jazz musicians and music venues in communities across America to celebrate Juneteenth Jazz during Black Music Month," states Dr. Myers. "We are also committed to handing down our black jazz music traditions to a new generation of young people."

Many established jazz festivals and events across the country no longer include performances by African American musicians. Many cities, in an effort to promote tourism and economic development, have created historic jazz preservation districts and projects in historic black communities where black ownership and business entrepreneurship are not encouraged. The creators of jazz in America, African Americans, increasingly find themselves locked out of resources and projects to promote, perform and educate students and communities about African American jazz legacy throughout the country.

"It is not uncommon to find jazz festivals where black musicians, especially the masters, are no longer invited to participate," states Dr. Myers. "I consider Juneteenth Jazz the beginning of a modern day African American jazz Juneteenth Renaissance, in America. We must create, develop and support our own cultural institutions to preserve our rich black jazz legacy throughout America."

For information about the NAJJP contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471, e-mail: or web site:


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