“Now more than ever, we must recognize Juneteenth as a time to collectively reflect on our past, take action in our present, and build towards our future.”
Juneteenth marks the ending of slavery in the United States and commemorates the date –June 19, 1865–when a Union general read federal orders in Galveston, Texas that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed enslaved people 2.5 years earlier, enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent and Texas was the last state to be informed that slavery had been abolished in the United States.
This year, Juneteenth is particularly important for LCW, following as it does a particularly difficult and exhausting period for Black Americans. We want to take this opportunity to drive open, honest conversations. We curated resources to create a short learning module, Celebrating Juneteenth, to help our team, clients and partners learn more about Juneteenth and its significance – as well as the experience of the Black community in the United States.
LCW offices will be closed this year and every year on Juneteenth, to provide our team a paid holiday to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the African American community.
We invite you to join us.