Celebrating the Significance of Juneteenth

Dear Friends,

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” and “Emancipation Day,” is a significant day in our history. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, federal troops rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved people that they were indeed free. Juneteenth is a time to celebrate the end of slavery, to reflect on the shameful and enduring legacy of racism in our country, and to commit to doing better.

Juneteenth is traditionally a day of hope and inspiration – a second independence day – with music, readings, and gatherings that celebrate community and recognize the extraordinary contribution our Black brothers and sisters have made to American life. For many, it is also a time a reflection.

While Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday is a momentous step for our Nation, we still have more work to do. The impacts of slavery are still experienced across our country today, including through systemic racism, disparate access to healthcare, education, housing and economic opportunity. 

As we mark the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth next Sunday, we all have a role to play in building a better country today and for future generations. Please join me as we continue the important work of committing to advance racial justice and racial equity across our communities, not only on Juneteenth, but every day of the year.


F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard Community Servicces

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