Press Release MALCOLM X MEMORIAL JUNETEENTH JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/3/12)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web site: www.Juneteenth.us     www.JazzMissouri.com     www.JazzNebraska.com

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

             402-213-3495
             e-mail: bramani55@msn.com
             web site: www.JazzNebraska.com


2012 International Juneteenth Jazz
Concert Series Honors Omaha's Preston Love

5th Annual Malcolm X Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival
Honors the Late Milita Hill

2012 Black Music Month
Malcolm X Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival


(Omaha, Nebraska) - Omaha's rich black jazz heritage and legacy will be celebrated during the 5th Annual Omaha Malcolm X Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival, hosted by the Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. "Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz", during Black Music Month, "Preseving Our African-American Jazz Legacy", the festival, sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP), is scheduled to take place at Love's Jazz and Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th Street, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

The festival will include a special "Juneteenth Jazz Tribute and Memorial to Milita Hill", the late Founder and Executice Director of Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc. who lead a successful grass roots effort to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday observance in Nebraska in 2009.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the last state in rebellion following the end of the Civil War, Texas, learned of their freedom. This took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that "all slaves are free" by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas.

The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign is working with Ms. Willie Williams, current Executive Director of Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc., to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Holiday Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day. A total of 41 states, most recently Philadelphia, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress to recognize America's 2nd Independence Day.

The festival is especially in honor of the late master jazz saxophonist and Omaha native, Preston Love. The festival is named in recognition of Omaha native and one of the greatest progressive black leaders in American history, Malcolm X.

"Omaha has a rich black jazz and Juneteenth historic legacy," 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 Preston Love in the hometown of Malcolm X is why the annual Malcom X Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival will be taking place every year."

The festival's featured artist will be accomplished jazz pianist and trumpet player, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. A modern day renaissance man, Dr. Myers is a minister, physician and jazz musician, and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist. Joining Myers on alto saxophone will be Omaha's own Merritt Smith.

The festival will also feature a special Juneteenth Art Exhibit in honor of the late National Juneteenth Visual Artist, Alvin Carter.

An opening Juneteenth Art Exhibit is scheduled for 6:00pm and a Juneteenth Arts Reception, both featuring several original art prints by the late Alvin Carter, will take place at 6:00pm, with a concert featuring Ron Myers beginning at 7:00pm.

Information about the festival can be found at www.JazzNebraska.com or www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact Merritt Smith 402-213-3495, e-mail: bramani55@msn.com or Dr. Ron Myers at 662-392-2016 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web sites www.NationalJuneteenth.com - www.JuneteenthNebraska.com.

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