Press Release ROLAND JUNETEENTH JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/28/10)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

             662-247-3364    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                             www.Juneteenth.us
                             www.njclc.com
                             www.JuneteenthJazz.com


             Wilma Newton, President
             Oklahoma Juneteenth Historical Foundation (OJHF)
             918-781-9248
             e-mail: wilmablessingadmin@myapplemail.com
             web site: www.JuneteenthOklahoma.com


Alphonso Trent
"A Juneteenth Tribute to legendary Fort, Smith jazz great Alphonso Trent"


Horn In The Corn
Ron Myers


Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival
at Wellness Clinic of Roland

Dr. Ronald Myers Featured Artist at
Roland Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival



(Roland, Oklahoma) - Oklahoma's rich jazz heritage and legacy will be celebrated during the Roland Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival, hosted by the American Pain Institute (API) and the Oklahoma Juneteenth Historical Foundation (OJHF), on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Wellness Clinic of Roland. The festial is part of a national concert series sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP).

In June, the NAJJP are sponsors of "Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz", an African-American jazz legacy preservation initiative during Black Music Month. Juneteenth is officially recognized as a state holiday observance in Oklahoma, joining a total of 32 states and the District of Columbia in the recognition of America's 2nd Independence Day.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the last geographic area in America where slavery existed 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 continues to work to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday observance in America.

The festival is in honor of the late Fort Smith jazz legend, Alphonso Trent.

"Alphonso Trent is the greatest Fort Smith and Roland area territory jazz band leader and icon in history," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "Honoring jazz legacy muscians like Alphonso Trent is why the Roland Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival will be taking place every year."

The festival's featured artist will be Roland physician, 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. Myers will be joined by Cuban percussionist, Earlton Battles Manley, percussionist Eddie Dunn, bassist Marlon Biazo.

The festival will also feature a bar-b-que cooking contest. Applications and rules for contest are available at the Wellness Clinic of Roland, located at 205 East Ray Fine Boulavard.

"Judges will choose the best bar-b-que ribs in Roland!" states "Chief Judge" and famous hungry man Dr. Ronald Myers. "This is by far will be the most enjoyable part of the festival!"

Information about the festival can be found at www.JazzOklahoma.com or www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact the Wellness Clinic of Roland at 918-398-9434, Wilma Newton of the Oklahoma Juneteenth Historical Foundation (OJHF) at 918-781-9248 or e-mail: wilmablessingadmin@myapplemail.com or Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364 or e-mail Juneteenthdoc@yahoo.com.

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