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Celebrating Juneteenth: Honoring Freedom, Unity, and Progress

Culture 06.15.23
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Celebrating Juneteenth to Honor Freedom, Unity, and Progress

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a significant occasion that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, officially proclaiming the end of slavery. While Juneteenth holds deep historical significance for the African American community, it also carries a broader message of unity and progress for all Americans. This day forever serves as a reminder of the struggle for freedom and equality endured by African Americans. It represents a moment of liberation, marking the official end of the abhorrent practice of slavery in the United States. We’ll discuss the importance of Juneteenth and provide meaningful ways to commemorate this occasion.

Juneteenth derives its name from the combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” as it marks the day—June 19, 1865—when General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, proclaiming the end of slavery. This proclamation reached Texas over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, due to the delayed dissemination of this pivotal information. Here are some quick and easy ways to commemorate this occasion.

Educate Yourself About Juneteenth

Take the time to learn about the history of Juneteenth, its importance, and its impact on American society. Engage in meaningful discussions with friends, family, and colleagues to promote awareness and understanding. Our Morales Group team gathered some resources that provide deeper insight.

Recommended Documentaries

Recommended Literature

  • Without Sanctuary by James Allen, Leon Litwack, Hilton Als, and John Lewis, exposes the details of a dark history that is seldom discussed in educational settings.
  • Color of Law by Richard Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation.

Attend Juneteenth Community Events

Participate in Juneteenth events, parades, or festivals in your community. These celebrations often include vibrant music, art, food, and historical presentations, allowing everyone to experience the vibrant cultural heritage and the significance of the day. We’ve gathered some local events near our Morales Group offices throughout Indiana and Kentucky.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Use Juneteenth as an opportunity to amplify and uplift Black voices. We’ve located some local Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and art galleries to show support and solidarity with the community.

Reflect and Advocate

Take time for personal reflection on the progress made towards equality and justice, as well as the work that remains. Engage in conversations about systemic racism and advocate for positive change in your community.

Our Morales Group and Acción offices will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023, in observance of Juneteenth. We’ve encouraged our teammates to take this day and have space to reflect on the importance of the day, to uphold precious family traditions, and to advocate for awareness of the significance of this day.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, it is essential to remember the struggles and sacrifices endured throughout history. We must acknowledge that the fight for true equality is ongoing and that we all have a role to play in building a more just and inclusive society.

At Morales, we believe in celebrating diversity and promoting an inclusive environment. Let us unite in commemorating Juneteenth and standing together in pursuit of equality for all.

Culture 06.15.23