Freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness, a promise that has challenged us throughout our history as a nation. On June 19, Juneteenth, we honor the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were informed of their emancipation from slavery.
Also referred to as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Black Independence Day, Juneteenth celebrates survival, freedom and tenacity. Though not just a time for celebration, it is an opportunity for us to learn from our history and to come together to learn from one another. It is a day to promote unity and understanding, reflect on the rights promised to all, and push ourselves forward in the pursuit of equity. Change is happening, but there is still much work to be done.
On this day and throughout the year, it is important to remember the sacrifices that have been made, to focus on the opportunities of the future, and to continue creating an environment where everyone at Flagship and within our communities feels safe, respected and valued, no matter our differences. Happy Juneteenth!