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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience

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In January 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, became a beacon of hope for enslaved people in the Confederate States. Union soldiers spread across the South, sharing copies of the proclamation and heralding the dawn of freedom.

Yet, the reality of emancipation was slow to unfold. Over two and a half years later, many enslavers in the South still clung to the shadows, hiding the life-altering news from those they enslaved and forcing them to endure more seasons of toil. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the long-awaited news. He declared the freedom of over 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, reading General Order Number 3:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

This transformative day, now known as Juneteenth, represents the true culmination of the fight against slavery in the United States. It is a powerful reminder of the enduring struggle for freedom and justice. The delayed enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas reveals the immense resilience and determination of those who awaited their rightful liberation.

Fast forward to June 17, 2021—Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday, a historic milestone acknowledging the trials and triumphs of African Americans. At Exude Human Capital, we proudly champion Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We recognize that, despite significant strides, the journey toward true equity for marginalized communities continues.

In observance of Juneteenth, Exude Human Capital will pause our daily routines to reflect, and celebrate freedom and justice. This day is a vibrant testament to the resilience and contributions of African Americans and a clarion call for the ongoing fight for equality and justice for all. Join us as we honor the spirit of Juneteenth and commit to building a more inclusive future.

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