On June 19, our YMCA celebrates Juneteenth, Freedom Day!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, it took two and a half years for the slaves in the state of Texas to hear of their freedom. Juneteenth is the celebration of the day in the United States when all enslaved individuals became aware of their freedom.
Without question, we see our African American brothers and sisters continuing to struggle with racial injustices. Our friends, families, members, and coworkers are in pain. It is our collective desire to support, serve, and work to make a change. As an organization, we are committed to adding Juneteenth to our list of paid holidays.
We encourage you to take time to reflect, educate, pray and support one another. And remember the platinum rule: treat others the way they want to be treated.