What Is Juneteenth?
From History.com, “Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.”
On June 15, the Senate passed a bill that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Congress passed the bill on June 16, and President Joe Biden signed the legislation into law on June 17. Juneteenth has become the 12th federal holiday.
If you are looking for ways to learn more about Juneteenth and incorporate this holiday as a part of an overall commitment to fostering a more inclusive workplace, here are some resources that may help:
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