Today, June 19th, marks a very important day in the history of our country – one that recognizes equality of all Black Americans.
When Juneteenth was finally recognized by our country, it ultimately served as as the acknowledgement that slavery in fact happened, and the people of the United States were righting the wrongs of history. Juneteenth brings light to the fact that Black Americans are finally being recognized as human beings and not less than others – as demonstrated in this country’s past. This date brings light to the moment of liberation. As a workforce, I encourage all of you to celebrate the in the joy that all Black Americans feel on Juneteenth.
Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black Americans, since the late 1800s and is the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. Today, I’m proud to celebrate Juneteenth as a country and a workforce that values the sacrifice of the Black American people and their fight for equality.
Richard Becker, MD
Chief Operating Officer, PAGNY