Thanks for the e-mail. However, it appears that you do not understand the
direction that we are coming from as the "Modern Juneteenth Movement"
in America (www.NationalJuneteenth.com
As the leader of the movement, I have worked with 5 U.S. presidents before President Obama
(Carter, Reagan, Bush, Sr., Clinton & Bush, Jr.) concerning the recognition and support of Juneteenth Independence Day in America.
I worked with Barack Obama as a Illinois state senator in support of
Juneteenth becoming a state holiday observance in Illinois. Obama was
our U.S. Senate host for the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National
Holiday Observance Congressional Juneteenth Reception during the four
years he served in congress. Sen. Barack Obama, before becoming
President Barack Obama, was a strong supporter of Juneteenth.
becoming President of the United States (for all Americans, African
Americans, Jewish Americans, Hispanic Americans, Gay & Lesbian
Americans, etc.) he has recognized Cinco de Mayo (a Hispanic Mexican
American holiday celebrating a historic event in Mexico, at the White
House), the Jewish Holocaust (a Jewish American tragic historic event
that took place in Germany by speaking at the U.S. Capitol during
Holocaust Remembrance Day, a National Day of Observance in April),
issued a Presidential Proclamation for Gay & Lesbian Month
(observed during the month of June, like Juneteenth Independence Day,
where President Obama has again refused to issue a proclamation or
recognize with a celebration at the White House, built by Americans of
African descent during the tyranny of enslavement, along with the U.S.
Capitol), and other examples, like Obama's personal recognition of
other ethnic American days, including St. Patrick's Day (for Irish
So, unless I am a Hispanic, Mexican, Irish or
Jewish American, etc., I should not expect recognition as an African American for the oldest African American freedom celebration, a day
recognized by 36 states, including Obama's home state of Hawaii and his
resident state of Illinois and the District of Columbia, the U.S.
Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as Juneteenth Independence
Day, from 1996 through 2009, by several congressional Juneteenth
Independence Day resolutions, co-sponsored and unanimously passed by
Republican (conservative and moderate), Democrat (liberal, conservative
and moderate, including Senator Barack Obama) and Independent members
of congress, by the first African American president in U.S. history,
or to recognize and participate in "June Is Black Music Month!" -
CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz
Legacy!" by supporting a concert for the AAJC/HBCU Student All-star Big
Band in at the White House, I HAD BETTER CHANGE MY ETHNICITY TO
ANYTHING BUT AN AMERICAN OF AFRICAN DESCENT IF I AM GOING TO RECEIVE
PERSONAL RECOGNITION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE
CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM DURING JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY!
the "4th of July," where Americans of African descent were slaves,
would be a good time to celebrate freedom from enslavement in America.
However, one big problem is that during the "4th of July," 1776, and
for over 88 years following, Americans of African descent were slaves.
George Washington was a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson was a slave
owner, etc. Perhaps Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick's Day, etc., all
personally acknowledged by the very, very busy President of the United
States, who took time to do so during the heat of the health care
reform legislation battle this week, but when it comes to personal
recognition of Juneteenth, President Obama has other more pressing
issues to deal with, like health care reform, the economy, etc., and
does not have the time because of his very busy schedule. Now, it all
makes since, or does it really?
Perhaps, based on his actions, President Obama, "Yes we can," now believes in the new saying "No we can't":
If you're an American and celebrate freedom on the "4th of July,"
If you're a Mexican American and celebrate freedom on Cinco de Mayo,
If you're African American and celebrate freedom on Juneteenth,