National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
Mission Statement: To bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America.
In 2000, Rev. Ronald Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) came to Washington, DC to begin the campaign to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance and an official state holiday or state holiday observance in all 50 states and U.S. territories. As of today, 43 states have a state recognized holiday.
NJOF is a national foundation, including hundreds of local organizations. It advances the right of Freedom through its initiatives including education, health, music and art, creating opportunities for a better life for all.
Help Make Juneteenth a
National Day of Observance
Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 43 statesand the District of Columbia. Texas, of course, was the first state in 1980.
Only 7 states remain.