Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated by Americans on June 19 each year – the date in 1865 when the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war was over and slavery had been abolished (that was of course two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863). You can read more about this historic event and how it has transformed into what has been coined as “Juneteenth” on PBS.org’s website here.
Hundreds of years of enslavement inflicted deliberate terror and injustice on African Americans. The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on people of color, along with the #BlackLivesMatter that took root in 2020 upon the ongoing violent deaths of Black Americans has made it clear we have a long way to go in ending racism, racist violence, and addressing the inequities that still exist today.
Solving these inequities will not happen overnight, but we can work in solidarity to make the necessary systemic changes and begin the process of repairing and restoring as a nation.
Click below for specific charities to support in order to continue the fight for racial justice, equality, and equity and learn how you can get involved as an individual or through your company.
Charities to Support:
There are numerous organizations dedicated to such reforms, including the high-impact nonprofits below who we are proud to call our members. We encourage you to support our members that, each and every day, fight for equity, equality, and social justice, work to end racism, and provide legal counsel by donating to strive for a better world:
How Businesses Can Get Involved:
Increasingly, the imperative for employers to act as agents of positive change has become apparent. What isn’t so obvious is how employers should go about doing this. The good news is many companies are already well-positioned to provide their employees with an outlet for their activism in a way that also aligns with the company’s core values. This article outlines key components of such initiatives and how businesses can be a force for good in an era of employee activism. Read more here.