“Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event is still being learned by many. Let us today take a moment to reflect that on June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation—the news of freedom finally reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas.  That moment was the true beginning of emancipation for many.

“While Juneteenth is a time for celebration, it also carries a profound significance in its ongoing call for justice today. It urges us to reflect deeply on the persistent issues of discrimination that affect people of all backgrounds, and serves as a platform for the pursuit of equality.

“Let us take this day to educate ourselves on the full history of Juneteenth, and to amplify our efforts in creating meaningful change.”