Today is not just a moment.
Juneteenth marks the date in 1865 when freedom reached enslaved Black Americans in the furthest regions of the South. The importance of this day is a sobering reminder that freedom, then and now, must never be decided by any one person or group. We take the time to honor the significance of this Freedom Day.
Whether Juneteenth is a day you’ve celebrated for years, observed more recently, or are learning about today, it’s one piece of a collective movement for freedom for Black Americans: freedom to be seen, freedom to pursue dreams, freedom to live without fear, freedom from racism, freedom from systemic injustice, freedom from prejudice. We invite each of you to take a step forward and consider: what can you do to continue this call to freedom?