Juneteenth: Freedom Day

As part of Assistance Home Care’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), our Tapestry Taskforce aims to foster an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. In our latest Tapestry Taskforce monthly newsletter, we shine a spotlight on Juneteenth, an important holiday in American history, to promote awareness and education among our team members and the wider community.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of slavery, marking a crucial moment in the struggle for freedom and equality. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued two and a half years earlier, its message had not reached all parts of the country until that day.

Honoring Juneteenth & Our Care Pros

Recognizing the significance of Juneteenth, Assistance Home Care, as a privately owned home care company, has decided to treat Juneteenth as a holiday. We believe it is essential to honor this historical event and the progress it symbolizes toward a more inclusive society. Moreover, we are proud to announce that any employee working on Juneteenth will be compensated at time-and-a-half, acknowledging their dedication and ensuring they are fairly rewarded for their service on this important day.

At Assistance Home Care, we value the power of education and understanding. We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn more about Juneteenth and its historical context. By doing so, we can deepen our understanding of the African American experience, foster empathy, and promote a more inclusive society.

Key facts about Juneteenth:

  1. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
  2. The name “Juneteenth” is a blend of the words “June” and “nineteenth.”
  3. Texas was the last state to receive the news of the Emancipation Proclamation due to the limited presence of Union troops. Hence, it became a significant location for the Juneteenth celebrations.
  4. Juneteenth is marked by various activities, including parades, picnics, family reunions, educational events, and community gatherings.

As we observe Juneteenth and reflect on its historical significance, let us strive to create a more inclusive society where diversity is celebrated, and equality is embraced. By understanding and respecting each other’s histories and experiences, we can build a stronger and more harmonious community.

Let this Juneteenth be a time of learning, reflection, and unity. Together, we can work towards a future where every individual is valued, respected, and given equal opportunities. Happy Juneteenth to all!

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