Juneteenth, the "19th of June", is the day the end of enslavement is celebrated in America, when Union General Gordon Granger isued General Order #3 in Galveston, Texas, the last state in rebelllion following the end of the Civil War. Juneteenth is regognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress. Juneteenth should be recognized as America's 2nd Independence Day because Americans of African descent where trapped in the tyranny of enslavement during the "4th of July".
Whereas, the "19th of June" is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. In 1997, the 105th Congress of the United States passed Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 officially recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in America. A Presidential Proclamation is all that is required for Juneteenth Independence Day to be recognized as a National Holiday in America, without the burden on tax-payers as a paid federal holiday. We, the undersigned, support the request of Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council for you to issue a Presidential Proclamation establishing the "19th of June" as National Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
Whereas, on the "19th of June", 2000, during the historic 1st Annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2000 National Holiday Observance, House Concurrent Resolution 356, a formal apology for slavery was sponsored in Congress by Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH). We, the undersigned, support the establishment of a National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement during the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day and request that you establish a National Juneteenth Commission to advise you and future Presidents on how the annual observance of Juneteenth Independence Day can bring all Americans together with the goal of promoting greater understanding and racial healing.
With Respect and Great Appreciation,