RESOLUTION - June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month

June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month
Honoring the Juneteenth Jazz Legacy of (add the name of the musician here!)

WHEREAS, the first documented Africans, twenty Angolans, arrived in North America on British occupied territory, in the belly of a slave ship, the White Lion, on the "20th of August", 1619, at Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe, present day Hampton, Virginia, America's first middle passage; and

WHEREAS, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped as slaves to the Americas, about 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of slavery in America; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in over 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress; and

WHEREAS, June has been established as Black Music Month, and most recently, African American Music Appreciation Month, through Presidential Proclamations issued by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama; and

WHEREAS, Americans of African descent, living through the Maafa, surviving the oppression of enslavement, Jim Crow, racial discrimination, etc., created a special unique aesthetic expression of freedom from oppression through African American classical music, commonly called "jazz", capturing the spiritual essence of a people whose lives continue to be the creative catalyst of the roots of all America's music; and

WHEREAS, the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) sponsors an annual series of jazz concerts, lectures, workshops, awards presentations, etc., called "June is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"; and

WHEREAS, (add the name of the musician here!) was born in (add the name of your city, town, community, state, etc. here!) on (add the birth date here!), was an accomplished jazz musician (add the other important historical information here!)

Be It Resolved, that   ___________________________________________________________   hereby adopts this resolution and proclaims:

June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month
and encourages participation of our members, families and communities in the celebration of Juneteenth Jazz

seal Attest: __________________________________

                    Title: ____________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________________________

State: _________________________

Print resolution, sign and mail copies to:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 25000

P.O. Box 269
Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-4767 (Fax)


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