World Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/12/15)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
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6th Annual 2015
World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement

"20th of August", 1619 to be Commemorated
in honor of First Africans Who Landed in America
By Project 1619


Ron Myers
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.

(Hampton, VA) - The 6th Annual World Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement will take place August 20, 2015, in Hampton, Virginia. The events are part of the 5th Annual African Landing Commemoration Day sponsored by Project 1619, Inc.

The 2015 "20th of August" Reconciliation and Healing Prayer Service will take place on Thursday, at 12:00noon, at the historic marker where the first Africans landed in America, on August 20, 1619, in Fort Monroe. The Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., national leader of the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, will be encouraging people from around the world to pray for healing from the deep human and emotional scars of enslavement.

"Our annual gathering commemorates the day the first slave ship, the White Lion, landed in Virginia at Old Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe," states Rev. Dr. Myers, Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC). "From the shores of West Africa came twenty Angolans, during the 'latter end of August', 1619, completing America's first middle passage."

"As the descendants of Americans of African descent, our ancestors were brought to America in chains. This should never be forgotten," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "Millions lost their lives during the middle passage, not to mention the thousands killed from lynching and murders before and after the Civil War. One ponders as to why so little attention has been given to our own history of death and destruction in America and the African Diaspora."

A tour of the Slave Trail Walk and the Reconciliation Statue, with locations in Richmond, Virginia, Liverpool, England and Benin, West Africa, will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015. The statues are part of the Reconciliation Triangle Project, linking Europe, America and Africa.

During the unveiling service of the Richmond, VA Reconciliation Statue, Ambassador Segbe Cyrille Oguin of Benin told how in 1999 President Kerekou had launched a program of reconciliation between Africa, Europe and America by apologizing for his country’s role in selling fellow Africans. Dr. Myers knows that prayer will be the most essential part of keeping the vision and work of reconciliation a potent force for healing in America and around the globe.

In 2007, Dr. Myers worked with Virginia Del. Frank Hargrove (R-Hanover), who said blacks should "get over" slavery, creating a highly contentious racial issue, to propose legislation celebrating Juneteenth as a step toward reconciliation, creating needed civility with state law makers before dealing with Virginia's historic Apology For Slavery legislation.

"Now I'm traveling to Virginia, where the first slave ship in America landed, to pray for reconciliation and healing for the African Diaspora and the entire world from the legacy of enslavement," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "Prayer will continue to be the main focus of our efforts."

Dr. Myers, who is the former National Advisory Chairman of America's Black Holocaust Museum, appointed by the museum's founder, the late Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate Apology For Lynching during the week of Juneteenth in 2005.

"Dr. Cameron taught me the importance of forgiveness, patience and reconciliation by his remarkable life," states Dr. Myers. "It led to a Senate apology for lynching. Congress continues to demonstrate sensitivity to issues surrounding the legacy of enslavement in America and we pray they will continue to do so."

Dr. Myers was also encouraged by the actions of French President M. Jacques Chirac who addressed the people of France during a 2006 National Day of Remembrance and Commemoration of Slavery and Its Abolition.

"Please join us in prayer on the '20th of August' this year and every year following," states Dr. Myers. "We must continue to seek God in prayer for the healing of the nation and the world from the legacy of enslavement."

For information on the World Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471, or e-mail: or web sites: and


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