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Debate ~ Are African American Holidays,i.e.,MLK and Juneteenth Day Effective?

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Get your paper and pens ready!! Join our discussion with Dr. Meyers author of the book, "Juneteenth a Celebration of Freedom". Rev. Ronald Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation successfully lobbied 31 states to ratify Juneteenth as a national holiday. The official Juneteenth Holiday began in 1994. Dr. Meyers takes us on a journey to the ratification of Juneteenth Day. Guiding us methodically throuh the trails blazed by the advocates for Martin Luther King day, we gain a sense of the masterful networking invovled in ratifying a holiday. Equally important, his story gives a new found appreciation for African American holidays and their lobbyists. Tonight's show exemplifies the significance of using political science and civic lessons as a mean of empowering our historic legacy. This weeks panelists ~ Dr. Meaders, history professor, Judi Belle Raines, Phillip Howell, NYC television producer, Radio Host, Jerry Butleer.