Chairman's Statement Regarding
JUNE IS JUNETEENTH AFRICAN AMERICAN JAZZ LEGACY MONTH
November 21, 2012
National Juneteenth Jazz Artist
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC)
Former Artist in Residence
Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU)
Founder & Director
of the annual
International Juneteenth Jazz Concert Series
"June is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ -
"Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"
Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Awards (JJLA) Program - Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Masters Award
"Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of slavery in America.
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 the roots of all America's
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." Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom from enslavement in America. It is observed on the
"19th of June"
and commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger issued
General Order #3 that "all slaves are free" through the
Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. It took over two and a half years for the news of
freedom to reach the American southwest, in Texas, the last southern state in rebellion to allow
slavery following the end of the Civil War.
Our ancestors, Americans of African descent, trapped in the tyranny of enslavement, celebrated when they learned about their
freedom. This created the oldest African American holiday that our people have celebrated for over 145 years.
Jazz is African American classical music celebrated by the historic publication of
Jazz Spotelite News by Jim & Fannie Harrison. June has been designated as
Black Music Month and most recently,
African-American Music Appreciation Month. June is also the month Juneteenth is celebrated as a
National Freedom Day from enslavement.
Jazz was created out of the experience of Americans of African descent from the shores of mother Africa, transported to
America in the belly of slave ships, to plantations throughout the land. Following freedom from enslavement,
our ancestors were victimized by the
Maafa of Jim Crow, race riots, lynching, murders and racial discrimintion throughout all aspects
"Modern Juneteenth Movement" declares
June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month and
works with Juneteenth organizations to celebrate "June is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ -
"Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!" by honoring native African American jazz legacy musicians born in
their communities throughout the year.
Our annual International Juneteenth Jazz Concert Series celebrates our great African American jazz legacy throughout
the nation and the world.
We continue to urge legislation for
Juneteenth Independence Day to become a
National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day.
We encourage everyone to support our efforts.