Juneteenth… and the day after
We hope everyone had an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth yesterday, a day where we recognize June 19, 1865, when news finally reached the last enslaved humans in Galveston, Texas that they were free – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This year was especially important as our lawmakers declared Juneteenth a federal holiday – a very important step in acknowledging our collective history. Yesterday our social feeds were flooded with messages from businesses, leaders, and our own friends and family.
Today is June 20, the day after.
We believe that June 19 is about more than a day. We believe that Juneteenth should serve as continual spring board in our history – to propel us forward every day in the call for justice, equity, and the end of racist institutions and societies.
So, while we are very happy to have reached this great milestone where the United States recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday, our charge to all of us to do whatever we can for the other 364 days of the year to help end racisim and other inequalities in America.
Can we count on your for the rest of the year and beyond?