Greetings CWC Members,
Local chapters of the California Workforce Connection have typically hosted celebrations of Juneteenth on this day. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a serious hindrance to large public celebrations in our respective offices, recognition and celebration of this event is especially what is needed, given the current social events in the United States.
In the spirit of education and training and toward forming a more informed, inclusive, and harmonious workplace, I’m sharing information about Juneteenth, which is celebrated on this Friday, June 19, 2020.
Celebrated since 1865, Juneteenth is a national day of reflection for African Americans, which recognizes their collective experience of freedom from slavery in the United States. While Black people continue to struggle and advocate for social justice and equality, Juneteenth is also a celebration of the educational, economic and political progress that has been achieved in spite of the challenges.
This email is an invitation to obtain a deeper awareness of the African American experience by understanding the history, meaning, and significance of Juneteenth. Please see the attached link. https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm for more information about the celebration of Juneteenth.
THOUGHTS ON THE MEANING AND IMPORTANCE OF JUNETEENTH:
“Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities – as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend.”
“Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality, as a reference point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to this society.”
“Juneteenth is a day on which honor and respect is paid for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which we acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath. On Juneteenth we talk about our history and realize because of it, there will forever be a bond between us.”
“On Juneteenth we think about that moment in time when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received word of their freedom. We imagine the depth of their emotions, their jubilant dance and their fear of the unknown.”
“Juneteenth is a day that we commit to each other the needed support as family, friends and co-workers. It is a day we build coalitions that enhance African American economics.”
“On Juneteenth we come together young and old to listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one step closer together – to better utilize the energy wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for all.”
The quotes are excerpts from a passage on the Juneteenth.com website titled “The Spirit of Juneteenth”, by Tom Feelings.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Have a Phenomenal Juneteenth Weekend!
Dadisi R. Elliott, District III Director
California Workforce Connection