National Juneteenth Observance Foundation  Nevada 
2020- 2021

Together, we will see Juneteenth become a National Day of Observance 


For Immediate Release

Contact: National Miss Juneteenth Committee

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First National Miss Juneteenth Makes History

(Las Vegas) Saniya Gay, Miss Juneteenth Delaware was crowned the 1st National Miss Juneteenth in Memphis, TN. National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) affiliates from across the country were present for the first national gathering. First runner up was Miss Juneteenth Nevada – Aniyah Brown and Second runner up was Miss Juneteenth Florida- Helena Chambers. Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed, Jackson State University hosted the event. Stylist Silver Reid representing Giorgio Amani and Yves Saint Laurent was the official makeup consultant. Judges for the evening were Memphis City Council Chairwoman Patrice Jordan Robinson,  Bettina Key

Director of Sales, Comfort Inn Downtown and Mrs. Charlotte Williams, member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.

Saniya states: “I pride myself in being a natural leader, a creative problem solver and a great communicator. These are all qualities that I believe are the characteristics the National Juneteenth Queen should possess. The attributes I can bring to the program are great interpersonal skills, teamwork, and a strong work ethic.

Their visit to Memphis included a tour of the Civil Rights Museum and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum under the guidance of The Bully the Bull Foundation. The young ladies stopped off to support the Encourage The Vote! press conference held at the Mississippi Boulevard Church, hosted by Shelby County Commissioner Van D. Turner, Jr. Attending the National Miss Juneteenth event, and crowning the queen, was 94 year old Ms. Opal Lee who presented 1.5 million signatures to the U.S. Congress for recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day,

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June 19, 1865, Juneteenth, is the date agreed upon 25 years ago to acknowledge the end of enslavement of Americans of African descent. We also acknowledge the ratifications of the Five Nation Treaty of June 1866 freeing the last of their slaves held in the Western Territory. While the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were ratified in the 19th century, it took nearly another 100 years before those of African descent were recognized as having rights.  During 2019, we commemorated 400 years since the first landing of Africans at Point Comfort Virginia.

 We are not asking for Juneteenth Independence Day to be a national paid holiday which would be a burden to the taxpayers but as a day of observance and celebration. We are asking that the contributions of Blacks, and their collective descendants, in the building of this country be recognized and taught to our youth.   We are asking for recognition and acknowledgment of the full spectrum of freedoms, achievements and accomplishments in a united nation. We are asking for your support.