Press Release KANSAS CITY MEMORIAL JUNETEENTH JAZZ & HERITAGE CONCERT & RECEPTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (1/24/13)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
web site: www.JazzMissouri.com
web site: www.JuneteenthJazz.com
John Thompson, Executive Producer
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
Juneteenth America, Inc.
web sites: www.JuneteenthJazz.com
Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz
web sites: www.elderstatesmankcjazz.org
Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., M.D.
6th Annual Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz
& Heritage Concert
June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month
(Kansas City, Missouri) - Kansas City's rich black jazz legacy will be again be celebrated during the 6th Annual
Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Concert and Junteenth Jazz Legacy Awards Reception. Hosted by
the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz, the celebration will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The
Jukehouse, 1700 East 18th Street, starting at 2:00pm.
The annual event is sponsored by the
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and is part of the celebration of
June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month. A Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Jazz Awards (JJLA) Reception
will include the presentation of the prestiious 2013 Juneteenth Jazz Masters Award.
Juneteenth is officially recognized as a state holiday
observance in Missouri, joining a total of 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress in the
recognition of America's 2nd Independence Day.
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.
The concert is in honor of the late Horace Peterson, Founder of the historic first Kansas City Juneteenth
Festival that took place in the early 1980's in the 18th and Vine District. The placement of a historic marker in the
18th and Vine District to commemorate Kansas City's first Juneteenth Celebration is one of the goals of the
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and Juneteenth America, Inc.
"Kansas City has a rich jazz and Juneteenth historic legacy that has influenced our "Modern Juneteenth
Movement" and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.,
Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth
Holiday Campaign. "The preservation of that legacy through memorializing the ground breaking work of Horace Peterson
is why the annual Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival will be taking place every year. Horace inluenced several key grass roots Juneteenth leaders from throughout America to start Juneteenth Festivals."
The concert also features National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, Ron Myers, on piano and trumpet. Myers has performed and
recorded in Kansas City with the late native legendary jazz drummer "Delightful Dee" Al Bartee.
"As a native of Kansas City, where I grew up and worked closely with Horace Peterson, I'm excited about what we are doing
to preserve our great black jazz legacy through Juneteenth," states John Thompson, Executive Producer and Founder
of Juneteenth America, Inc. "Along with the annual jazz festival, we are planning to build upon the foundation
laid down by Horace for future generations. Horace was a tremendous influence on my successful legislative efforts to
establish Juneteenth as an official State Holiday Observance in California."
Information about the concert and reception can be found at www.JazzMissouri.com or
www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact Pam Johnson at 816-810-9233, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; John Thompson at 909-621-9707,
e-mail: email@example.com or Dr. Ron Myers at 662-392-2016, e-mail: