Tomorrow is June 19th, also known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is not a new day of recognition but it has become a more mainstream holiday across a growing number of communities in recent years. You may have become aware of this important day in history in recent decades, or in recent years. This year, 2021, Juneteenth was signed into law as a federal holiday.
On June 19, 1865 (two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation), the people of Texas were finally informed that all enslaved people across the U.S. were no longer property of their masters. Many communities consider this day to have marked the end of slavery in the United States.
I'm reminded today of an MPR broadcast hosted by Marianne Combs and Jo Erickson that explores why Juneteenth matters, and I'll share that episode here:
Because we work in the field of connecting employers to talent, we would be remiss if we did not pause to recognize our countries history on this day. We reflect on today's America; its workforce, economics, and hiring landscape.
Join us in taking a moment to reflect on how Juneteenth matters in your life and line of work.