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Call your representatives to support Juneteenth as National Day of Recognition

  
U.S. Capitol  
Please call your congressman or congresswoman and
tell them to support H.R. 632!
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202-224-3121
 
 

Call your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressman and tell them

to make Juneteenth a National Day of Observance:

 

202-224-3121 

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President Obama 
Call President Obama and tell him to issue a
the establishment of Juneteenth Independence Day
 as a National Day of Observance in America!
 

 

202-456-1111
Please Help Make Juneteenth a National Day of Recognition

We support passage legislation to recognize June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day, also known as Juneteenth Freedom Day as a national day of recognition. 43 states currently recognize Juneteenth. Nevada’s bill was signed in May of 2011.

We are not asking for Juneteenth Independence Day to be a paid holiday which would be a burden to the taxpayers but as a day of observance and celebration recognizing the day in Southwestern Texas, the last area where slavery was practiced, when General Order #3 was read announcing the end of slavery in the United States. This was eight months after Nevada achieved statehood in October 1864, four months after the Thirteen Amendment was ratified by the Nevada legislature in February 1865, two months after the death of President Lincoln and the surrender at Appomattox, ending the Civil war in April 1865. Some slaves won freedom by joining the army when President Lincoln declared that any slave joining the Union Army would be given freedom and others had escaped enslavement and migrated to states and territories outside of the Confederacy, including Nevada.

 

We are asking that the contributions of Blacks in the state of Nevada, documented back to being business and property owners Virginia City in 1866, their contributions to the early mining and development of Nevada, the role of the Black cowboys and the contributions of their collective descendants in the building of the State of Nevada be recognized and taught to our youth.

It has been documented that former - slaves and freeborn African Americans prospered in Nevada and that a Black child graduated in 1883 from an integrated Virginia City public school. We are asking for recognition and acknowledgment of the full spectrum of African Americans achievements and accomplishments to Nevada since June 19th 1865 by the news media, educators and appropriate governmental officers of Nevada’s Black residents’ historical significance.

Thank You

Deborah A. Evans

Nevada State Director

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation

National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign

 

 

House Resolution 632

H.RES.632 -- Recognizing June 19, 2014, as this year's observance of the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day. (Introduced in House - IH)

 

HRES 632 IH

113th CONGRESS

 

2d Session

 

H. RES. 632

 

Recognizing June 19, 2014, as this year's observance of the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.

 

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

June 19, 2014

 

Ms. JACKSON LEE (for herself, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. PAYNE, Ms. NORTON, Ms. MOORE, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. CLAY, Mr. DAVID SCOTT of Georgia, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Mr. RANGEL, Ms. WATERS, Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. CLARKE of New York, Mr. NADLER, Ms. SEWELL of Alabama, Ms. FUDGE, Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. DOGGETT, Mr. VEASEY, Mr. COHEN, Ms. WILSON of Florida, Mr. LEWIS, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. CUELLAR, Mr. RUSH, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. CLEAVER, Mrs. BEATTY, Mr. MEEKS, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. COSTA, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. JEFFRIES, Mr. HORSFORD, Mr. KENNEDY, Ms. KELLY of Illinois, Mr. AL GREEN of Texas, Ms. LEE of California, Ms. KAPTUR, Ms. HAHN, and Mr. NOLAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 


 

RESOLUTION

 

Recognizing June 19, 2014, as this year's observance of the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.

 

Whereas news of the end of slavery did not reach frontier areas of the United States, and in particular the Southwestern States, for more than 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863, and months after the conclusion of the Civil War;

 

Whereas on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free;

 

Whereas African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19th, commonly known as 'Juneteenth Independence Day', as the anniversary of their emancipation;

 

Whereas African-Americans from the Southwest continue the tradition of celebrating Juneteenth Independence Day as inspiration and encouragement for future generations;

 

Whereas for more than 145 years, Juneteenth Independence Day celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures; and

 

Whereas the faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves remains an example for all people of the United States, regardless of background, religion, or race: Now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That--

 

(1) the House of Representatives--

 

(A) recognizes the historical significance of Juneteenth 

Independence Day to the Nation;

 

(B) supports the continued celebration of Juneteenth 

Independence Day to provide an opportunity for the people of the United States to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped the Nation; and

 

(C) encourages the people of the United States to observe Juneteenth Independence Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs; and

 

(2) it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--

 

(A) the celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States; and

 

 

(B) history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.

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Senate Resolution 474 Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day

 

  

S.RES.474 -- Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States. (Agreed to Senate - ATS).

SRES 474 ATS

113th CONGRESS

2nd Session

S. RES. 474

Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day'
in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 12, 2014


Mr. LEVIN (for himself, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. HAGAN, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. DURBIN, Ms. WARREN, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. PRYOR, Mrs. BOXER, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. TOOMEY, Mr. WARNER, Mr. CASEY, Mr. KAINE, Mr. FRANKEN, Mr. NELSON, Mr. REID, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. LEAHY, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. PAUL, Mr. COONS, Mr. CRUZ, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. WICKER, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. SCOTT, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. BEGICH, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. BOOKER, Mr. BENNET, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. BROWN, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. LEE) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

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RESOLUTION


Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.

Whereas news of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier areas of the United States, in particular the State of Texas and other Southwestern States, until months after the conclusion of the Civil War, more than 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863;

Whereas, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free;

Whereas African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly known as 'Juneteenth Independence Day', as inspiration and encouragement for future generations;

Whereas African-Americans from the Southwest, for nearly 150 years, have continued the tradition of observing 'Juneteenth Independence Day';

Whereas 43 States, the District of Columbia, and other countries, have designated 'Juneteenth Independence Day' as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States;

Whereas 'Juneteenth Independence Day' celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures;

Whereas the faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves and their descendants remain an example for all people of the United States, regardless of background, religion, or race;

Whereas slavery was not officially abolished until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution in January 1865;

Whereas Frederick Douglass, born in the State of Maryland in 1818, escaped from slavery and became a leading writer, orator, publisher, and one of the United States' most influential advocates for abolitionism and the equality of all people;

Whereas Frederick Douglass was recognized for his accomplishments with a statue that was unveiled during a ceremony on June 19, 2013, in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol;

Whereas 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000a et seq.), signed into law on July 2, 1964, a milestone in providing equal protections for African-Americans, including former slaves and their descendants; and

Whereas, over the course of its history, the United States has grown into a symbol of democracy and freedom around the world: Now, therefore, be it

       

Resolved, That the Senate--

(1) designates June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day';

(2) recognizes the historical significance of 'Juneteenth Independence Day' to the United States;

(3) supports the continued nationwide celebration of 'Juneteenth Independence Day' to provide an opportunity for the people of the United States to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped the United States; and

 

(4) recognizes that the observance of the end of slavery is a part of the history and heritage of the United States. 

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