As a native of Houston, Texas and descendent of African slaves, Juneteenth has always been an honored day of celebration to me and my family.
This year’s Juneteenth comes nearly one year after the dawn of one of the largest social justice movements since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. The murder of George Floyd and countless other Black Americans culminated to uprisings in the Summer of 2020 igniting a social movement that symbolizes a significant moment in American history towards accountability, healing and unity.
As a champion and leader of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Exude, we recognize that much work remains to provide equitable treatment for Black and other marginalized communities in our country. In observance of Juneteenth, we will be pausing from our daily routines to reflect, celebrate freedom and justice, further educate ourselves, and connect with our communities. It’s one important action that we are taking as an organization to help the country live up to the idea of moving forward in a new way and live up to our core value of fighting for what’s right on important racial issues and their impact on our country.
Although we celebrate a long-overdue bill passed by the Senate earlier this week declaring Juneteenth a national holiday, there is still much work to be done.