Juneteenth is a 156-year-old American holiday and celebration to commemorate the emancipation of African Americans from slavery on June 19th, 1865. Many may see this day as a black-only celebration, but as an American, it seems only right to acknowledge, observe, and celebrate the triumphs of our American people. USA Today Editorial Board stated that Juneteenth marks “the end of Americans owning other Americans.” On this day, we have the opportunity to celebrate, with our fellow American brothers and sisters, the amending of past wrongs and the beginning of the journey to remove barriers that prevent true American freedom.
With this outlook, I challenge you to reflect on what observing American freedom looks like beyond the 4th of July. From civil rights for people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community to greater implementation of accessible design, a win for one of us is a win for all of us!
There are local Juneteenth celebrations and events around the country featuring food, music, educational opportunities, and activities for the whole family. Here are a few event links to get you started in Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and San Diego.
Cuningham’s recently expanded holiday policy was designed to encourage staff to observe the holidays that mean the most to them and their families, so you can bet that I will be observing by getting some extended rest in the morning and then attending the afternoon Juneteenth celebration in Leimert Park with food, live music and dancing!
Have a very Happy Juneteenth!