Press Release OMAHA JUNETENTH FLAG RAISING CEREMONY & MAAFA SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (6/3/12)

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

             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.NationalJuneteenth.com
                            www.JuneteenthJazz.com
                            www.JazzNebraska.com


             Ms. Willie Williams, Executive Director
             Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc.
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             402-612-8936
             e-mail: jfri10@yahoo.com
             web site: www.JuneteenthNebraska.com


Juneteenth Flags of Freedom
American Flags of Freedom


Will Brown Lynching
Will Brown


Ron Myers
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.



2012 Omaha Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

Omaha Juneteenth Celebration Begins with
Flag Raising at Washington Library

Omaha National Juneteenth Maafa
Reconciliation & Healing Prayer Service

The Lynching of Will Brown
A Remembrance of the Red Summer of 1919



(Omaha, Nebraska) - The Juneteenth Flag will be flying over Nebraska at the Washington Branch Library following the opening ceremony of the 2012 Omaha Juneteenth Celebration, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, beginning at 3:30pm. Located at 2868 Ames Avenue, the Charles B. Washington Branch Library was the location of the historic first Omaha Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony in 2008.

"We are truly excited about the Juneteenth Celebration in Omaha," states Ms. Willie Williams, Executive Director of Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc., host of the Omaha Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony. "The Juneteenth Flag represents freedom from enslavement and America's 2nd Independence Day Celebration."

Juneteenth commemorates the day where slaves, in the last state in rebellion where enslavement existed, 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 and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) is working closely with Ms. Willie Williams, NJOF Nebraska State Director, and with Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc., to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance in America. In 2009, Juneteenth was established as an official state holiday observance in Nebraska through the passage of legislation sponsored by State Senator Brenda Council and State Senator Tonya Cook.

"The Juneteenth Flag was created by our former Massachusetts Juneteenth State Director, Ben Haith, and has flown over the city of Boston for many years," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "We are circulating a petition for the U.S. Postal Service to create a American Flags of Freedom postage stamp."

A special Omaha National Juneteenth Maafa Reconciliation & Healing Prayer Service, a remembrance of the "Red Summer of 1919" and the lynching of Will Brown, will take place on Monday, June 11, 2012, 12noon, at the Courthouse Building, 16th Street & Harney Street. The theme of the service is "a time to heal, a time to pray" and is the program that begins the week leading to the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, observed on the "3rd Friday in June" every year throughout the country.

Information about the Omaha Juneteenth Celebration can be found at www.JuneteenthNebraska.com. Also contact Ms. Willie Williams 402-612-8936, e-mail: jfri10@yahoo.com.

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