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Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it would take two more years for Union army soldiers to reach Texas, freeing enslaved people on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth references this date – combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”
In recognition of this significant day in history, we encourage the CMWorld community to take time to reflect on the meaning and importance of this day.
Juneteenth is an opportunity to honor the journey of Black people in the U.S. and recognize the many contributions they have made to American culture.
Here at CMI, we continue to make strides towards fostering more diverse and inclusive community. We’ve become more involved in conversations on race, structural inequality, and social justice. We pledged to work more in recruiting minority speakers and blog contributors. We launched the CMI Mentorship Program, focusing on groups in need of industry representation.
How are you and your organization observing Juneteenth? Let us know in the comments.