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Juneteenth: A Day of Remembrance


The 19th of June marks a day of historical significance that honors freedom and equality, and it's essential to reflect on its significance and the impact that this day continues to have. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. It's a day to celebrate the end of one of the darkest chapters in American history and to honor the resilience, strength, and contributions of Black communities around the world. 

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, traces back to June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of slavery, over two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation was passed on January 1st, 1863, granting the freedom to all enslaved African Americans in Confederate states.  Although the proclamation was issued in 1863, the news hadn't reached all corners of the country due to the lack of enforcement in Confederate states.

Many slave owners moved to Texas since there was no Union presence there yet. They believed that Texas was the last state where slavery could survive on despite the Emancipation Proclamation. For two years after the proclamation was passed, slavery was  still heavily prevalent in Texas until General Granger's arrival in Galveston, Texas. Once hearing Granger's announcement, approximately 250,000 enslaved people in Texas finally learned about their freedom.

While Juneteenth commemorates a specific historical event, its significance extends beyond the events of 1865. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice in America. Despite the progress made since emancipation, inequality continues to impact Black communities across the nation. Juneteenth provides an opportunity for reflection, education, and action. It's a day to acknowledge the injustices of the past and commit to building a more fair and inclusive future for all. 

Bob Barker Company recognizes the importance of Juneteenth and is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all Team Members. This Juneteenth, we encourage our Team Members to take time to reflect on the significance of this day. Let us use this occasion to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.