How will you acknowledge June 19th this year?
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a significant day in our history that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, yet many know very little about this historic milestone. As an organization that strives to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, (DEI+B) we believe it is important to recognize the significance of this day and encourage others across the state of Michigan to join us in celebrating Juneteenth.
Even though Congress passed the 13th amendment to abolish slavery on January 31, 1865, there were still many African Americans who continued to be enslaved. On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to proclaim the end of slavery, marking a pivotal moment in our history. This remarkable day has come to be known as Juneteenth.
As a youth-focused organization that provides career-based education programs, we realize that we play an important role in shaping the minds and values of future generations. By celebrating Juneteenth and encouraging others to do so as well, we are using our platform to educate others about the historical significance of the abolition of slavery and the struggles endured by African Americans. Understanding the roots of racial injustice empowers young individuals to become more informed, empathetic and socially conscious citizens. Juneteenth can be a catalyst for discussions about race and developing a deeper appreciation for the ongoing need for equality.
Engaging young people in the discussion about Juneteenth also empowers them to become advocates for social justice every day of the year. By celebrating this event and by demonstrating our commitment to address inequities in all aspects of our lives, we hope to empower others to address these issues in their communities. Together, we can inspire a generation of change-makers who actively work toward building a more inclusive society where everyone has access to education and meaningful careers.
We’d like to hear about your plans to celebrate Juneteenth. Let us know about how you’ll be commemorating this day on our social media channels: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow our Youth Solutions Twitter and Facebook pages as well!