Las Vegas Juneteenth 
Celebrates 153 Years of Freedom

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Thursday June 15, 2017 Juneteenth Flag Raising Service

Las Vegas City Hall 495 South Main Street

Monday June 19, 2017 Juneteenth Flag Raising Service

Martin Luther King Statue Martin Luther King & Carey,  North Las Vegas

Saturday June 17, 2017 Juneteenth Culture and History Lecture and Q&A Session

West Las Vegas Library Conference Room 951 W. Lake Mead

Sunday June 18, 2017 7th NJOF Juneteenth Jazz and Spoken Word Celebration : History’s eyes are ON YOU

West Las Vegas Library Theater 951 W. Lake Mead

Monday June 19, 2017 Juneteenth at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign 5100 Las Vegas Blvd

June 18th at the West Las Vegas Library Theater

12 Noon to 4:00pm

Heritage & Legacy Table Exhibits

Come Early,  

Visit our Juneteenth Legacy Tables, and Meet Your Neighbors

12 Noon to 4:00 p.m 

7th Annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Jazz & Spoken Word Celebration

Hosted by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation’s (NJOF) Nevada State Director,  Gary Teeluv Williams

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the day in Galveston Texas when General Order No. 3 was read informing all within hearing that, “. . . in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.   This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor.  The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages.  . .”

2015 was also the 150th anniversary of the passing of the 13th amendment which was passed by Congress January 31, 1865 and ratified December 6, 1865. This amendment declared, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Co-sponsored by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, and  the Las Vegas Clark County Library District, this event is one of a series of annual celebrations across the United States. 

For more information, please contact the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989 or visit these websites:

For more information, please contact the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989

The Las Vegas Jazz Society, was founded April 22, 1975 by renowned jazz artist and pioneer of the use of the electric bass in jazz, Monk Montgomery.

Are you recognizing "June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month" (

As the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist (, we
encourage you to join us in the celebration of our rich Juneteenth Jazz legacy in June.

It is common for jazz to be recognized as an American art form. However, I rarely hear mention or a celebration of the people and the historic community that created the art form.

It is like calling a totem pole an American art form, but neglecting to mention the Native American experience, especially their unique spiritual and cultural lifestyle and historic legacy, from out of which the totem pole was created.

Jazz is known as African American Classical Music ( It was created from a people who arrived in chains from the shores of Africa in the belly of slave ships.

A people who created music out of the experience of enslavement to freedom and a continued struggle for justice and equality.

It was on the "19th of June" - Juneteenth Independence Day, that the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received an official announcement of freedom in 1865 ( This was two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Our ancestors, Americans of African descent, heard the news of freedom and celebrated! Thus creating America's historic second Independence Day and the oldest nationwide African American holiday observance.

Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty three states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress.

We are advocating the establishment of Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance, for the purpose of reconciliation and healing from the legacy of enslavement ( &

June is the 150th year anniversary of Juneteenth in America.

June is also Black Music Month and declared recently, African American Music Appreciation Month, by President Barack Obama.

"June Is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"

As legendary and master jazz bassist and educator, Dr. Larry Ridley, says concerning Juneteenth Jazz:

"A celebration of the roots that produced the fruits."

We look forward to you joining us in the celebration of our rich African American jazz legacy in June.

Please feel free to call me concerning the celebration of Juneteenth Jazz 

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr. , M.D. 
Founder & Chairman 
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign 
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) ;

National Juneteenth Jazz Artist

African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC)

Founder & Director
Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians (FCCJM)
Former Jazz Artist in Residence
Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU)

Saturday Presentation: Juneteenth Culture and History Lecture and Q&A Session

A Retrospective: The state of America as it relates to the descendants of slaves from the perspective of an International Foreign Correspondent who has been in self-imposed exile in Japan for more than 40 years.

Guest Speaker, Malcolm W. Adams is the Founder, Owner and President & Executive Producer of Totown Communications Group Japan. Adams has had an illustrious career as a TV and Radio News correspondent, TV Producer/Director, Broadcast Journalist and Media Artist for nearly fifty years.

Scheduled Presentations:

Sunday Scheduled Presentations:

  • History’s eyes are ON YOU – Introduction of the new Director Gary Teeluv Williams, Presenter: Louis Freeman III, assistant director for Nevada, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
  • History of the Modern Juneteenth Movement. Presenter: Deborah Evans, National Communications Director for National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and former Nevada State Director
  • Updating national campaign for the Juneteenth Holiday. The Direction of National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, Nevada. Presenter: Gary Teeluv Williams, Nevada State Director, NJOF.
  • Significance of Moulin Rouge in Las Vegas in and Juneteenth History. Information on the current move to rebuild Presenter: Former Assemblyman Harvey J. Munford of the Clark County Assembly District No. 6
  • Remembering the Military Veterans and the legacy of the Las Vegas Buffalo Soldiers Presenter: Gary Teeluv Williams, Nevada State Director, NJOF.
  • Sickle Cell in the Community & Need for Donations. Global 'World Sickle Cell Day' Cell-a-brations. Presenter: African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness representative

  • Special Guests: To be announce
  • The Las Vegas Juneteenth Jazz Ensemble 

African American Research Study Group 

There will be Juneteenth Flag Raising Services across the nation  to honor our African American  Veterans. This especially includes the 186,000 colored troops and 20,000 colored sailors who fought for their own freedom during the Civil War.,The Buffalo Soldiers, the WWI, Harlem Hellfighters, and the WWII African American Army Engineers who helped end segregation in the armed services

The African American army engineers built the historic Alcan Highway during World War II and completed the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on October 28, 1942 ultimately ending segregation in the U.S. military in 1948