Tapping into Our Roots — Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth —

Three times a week, we post internal messages to our team reflecting on stories and opportunties to learn. 

Today, we want to share with you our internal Tapping Into Our Roots for Juneteenth. 

Quote of the Day

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ― James Baldwin

Story of the Day

Juneteeth — Why do we celebrate?

"Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas.

The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas." 

— Excerpt from the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Tip of the Day


Architects Perkins & Will have summarized and linked to 5 virtual events to celebrate Juneteenth today from across the United States!


Read more about the historical legacy of Juneteeth from National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Also read this Op-Ed by Brianna Holt "Juneteenth Is a Reminder That Freedom Wasn’t Just Handed Over."

Explore the National Museum of African-American History and Culture curated virtual learning platform: "Talking About Race— Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation."

And listen to the rendition of "Lift Every voice and Sing" by Rochelle Rice, posted by The National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Tapping into Our Roots — Juneteenth



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