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Juneteenth Fundraising Opportunity:

A letter from Reverend Ronald V. "Doc" Myers, M.D.:

Open Hand Publishing is once again offering a 40% discount off the retail price of $19.95 to all state Juneteenth coordinators and other affiliates of NJOF for the book JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom (June 2002) by Dr. Charles Taylor. Each case of 40 copies of Juneteenth is now available for $500 (Mastercard or Visa accepted), with free shipping and handling. Sold at list price, these are worth approximately $800, and will make approximately $300 in profit for your fund drive. I urge you to contact Richard Koritz at 336-292-8585 or at to order the books directly from Open Hand. This arrangement provides an excellent fundraising opportunity for local Juneteenth organizations all over the country. All books not sold during Juneteenth 2008 are returnable as long as they are still in re-saleable condition.

As I have repeatedly said, Dr. Taylor’s book deserves a place in every school and library in the country, and it has been an inspiring and invaluable resource in our campaign to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday.  We need to promote this outstanding book as an integral part of promoting Juneteenth 2008. Please see the press release below for more information about the honors for JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom. Please visit to learn more about JUNETEENTH.

Also, please order immediately to ensure your receipt of the books before your local celebration.

Doc Myers

About JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom

Honored by Three Prestigious Book Awards and urgently needed after Hurricane Katrina

(Greensboro, NC) - Open Hand Publishing, a national book publishing company based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is proud that "JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom", written by Dr. Charles Taylor and published by Open Hand in June 2002, was honored by three prestigious book awards: Publishers Marketing Association’s 2003 Benjamin Franklin Awards and the 2002 Book of the Year Awards from ForeWord Magazine, both of which recognize excellence in independent publishing and selected JUNETEENTH as a finalist for the category of Juvenile Nonfiction, and the 2003 Honor Awards from Skipping Stones Magazine, which  has named JUNETEENTH a winner in the category of Multicultural and International Books.

Although Dr. Taylor’s book forces us to examine slavery, a painful period in American history, the celebration at the heart of this holiday is uplifting. Furthermore, this examination is necessary because many contemporary social problems have their roots in the slave experience. Certainly, Hurricane Katrina is a vivid reminder of this fact. It is our hope that families will read the book together and be inspired to celebrate the ongoing struggle for freedom of African Americans in the United States. Please visit to learn more about JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom.

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Praise for JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom

"JUNETEENTH is a powerful presentation of what slavery was really like for millions of Africans and African Americans .... This book is a thorough explanation of why Juneteenth is still celebrated in African American communities today."

" ... libraries will want ... this well-researched and engaging study ... [with its] attractively bordered pages and enthusiastic writing ..."

"Readers of JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom will learn...what it felt like to be a slave... Many primary sources are used, including quotes from former slaves and the full text of the Emancipation Proclamation... This is a great resource for teachers and librarians, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about history through the eyes of those who lived it."

"JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of educational for all people and age groups."
Former President, Black Caucus of the American Library Association

"JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom is a book that every public library should own.... Dr. Taylor ... gives a precise, frank, well-organized history of slavery in the USA .... Many children (and adults) will find this to be extremely educational, as well as emotionally moving. I thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend this book."

"JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom. By Charles A. Taylor. Sometimes called the ‘Fourth of July for African Americans,’ Juneteenth is now a part of California’s state curriculum. This illustrated overview recalls America’s history of slavery, tells how Union forces announced the Emancipation Proclamation to Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and describes how and why the day is celebrated in more than 200 cities."

JUNETEENTH has been an inspiring and invaluable resource in our campaign to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Dr. Taylor’s book deserves a place in every school and library in the country."
Founder and Chairman; National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign

"(Dr. Taylor) presents information in a variety of interesting ways. He relies on poetry, replicated Civil War documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the General Orders No. 3, as well as a traditional prayer as source materials to authenticate Juneteenth’s history. Much of this material can be used for programs and ceremonies. .... JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom is a must-have book for personal use and should be on the priority list for public and university libraries."

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