Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in America and is a day of celebrating freedom and resilience. In 2020, this country is still struggling to overcome racial inequality, injustice, and reflecting upon Juneteenth feels especially poignant this year.
I personally believe that it’s an important holiday for all to recognize and a great time to commit to engaging in purposeful conversations about race along with reflecting on the historical events that have shaped our nation. I truly believe that the world is strengthened by diversity which offers different perspectives, ideas, and experiences. We all have an important role to play in this fight of dismantling systemic racism. I encourage everyone to use their platform to bring awareness and create racial equity and social justice for ourselves and the generations to come.
A few companies have recently decided to recognize Juneteenth. J.C. Penny, Lyft, Mastercard, Nike, Spotify, Target, Twitter, and Uber have designated June 19 an annual day off amid mounting pressure for racial injustice in the weeks following the killing of George Floyd. I challenge all other companies to follow suit and I challenge our government to make Juneteenth a federal holiday! We’ve come a long way, but still, have a very long way to go.
What are your thoughts on Juneteenth?