Juneteenth and its Significance in 2021

Juneteenth and its Significance in 2021

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, signifies the groundbreaking moment on June 19th, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger read outloud an order in Galveston, Texas that proclaimed freedom for the last remaining slaves in the United States.

Despite the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln two and a half years prior, which changed the legal status of millions of slaves from enslaved to free, many slave masters had fled to rural Texas with their slaves to escape the war.

Over 150 years later, the June 19 holiday continues to be celebrated as an important, historical moment for black and African American people in the United States.

Continue reading to learn all about Juneteenth, and how it continues to be commemorated in 2021!

Commemorating Juneteenth 2021

While it is not a national holiday, it is an official observance, with many states recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday. For example, West Virginia became the latest state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. On June 19, 2021, West Virginians will celebrate with a live-stream event that will feature over a dozen musicians, dancers, and poets from across the state.

Juneteenth is almost always focused on education and self-improvement. So, while people may or may not have the June 19 holiday off, it is important to recognize Juneteenth’s meaning and its relevance for black or African Americans in the workplace.

According to Group SJR, “the recent shift to commemorate Juneteenth in the workplace is part of an ongoing reckoning with corporate culture. Its observance, prompted by the rapidly growing momentum around Black Lives Matter (BLM), reflects the power held by employers to amplify social change and spur inquiry and education around racial inequality.”


Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park. Credit: Austin History Center

Commemorating historical events for minority communities such as the June 19th holiday is an important part of a long-lasting and effective diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plan.

If you are a BIPOC in the workplace and would like to discuss the meaning of Juneteenth and ways to include it in workplace DEI efforts, set up a time to talk with team members or HR professionals. Engaging leadership is one of the ways that BIPOC can have their voices heard and needs to be addressed in the workplace.

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  


Meet Our MinTech Fall Interns

Meet Our MinTech Fall Interns

We are excited to welcome our fall marketing interns to MinTech. As a growing Nashville tech startup, brand awareness has and will continue to be in helping us grow. Our fall interns will be a part of our content marketing efforts allowing them a chance to receive hands-on knowledge within their current majors. Keep scrolling to learn a little more about each of our new interns.

Interested in working with MinTech Agency during the spring semester? Email careers@mintechagency.com with your resume.


Anthony Harris, Jr.

Junior at Middle Tennessee State University, Class of ’22

Major: Business Marketing

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Anthony is a Business Marketing major who is interested in the diversity of opportunities that this major has to offer. As he shares, “I am excited to work with MinTech because they inspire to help people like me.” Anthony will be working on research and marketing data projects to help us understand our core audiences along with helping to find and build new partner relationships. 


Deysi Flores

Senior at Tennessee State University, Class of ’21

Major: Business Administration, Marketing concentration

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Deysi selected Marketing as her major because it is fun yet challenging. It provides businesses with the tools necessary to connect and provide value for customers in the market. She enjoys the aspects of marketing that involve creativity, analytics, problem-solving, and research. “It fascinates me to see the different approaches that marketers take to deliver the correct message to current and potential customers. I also enjoy learning about research concerning consumer behavior.”

Why are you excited to work with MinTech?

MinTech Agency is providing me with the opportunity to get a foot in the door and take off with my career in marketing. I’m excited to work with a team of professionals that are dedicated to creating a positive impact in this world. MinTech is focusing on helping companies recruit Black and Latinx tech talent. As a Latin woman, I truly appreciate the focus on developing diversity in tech. The founder and CEO, Karen Williams, and the Marketing Manager, Ashley Lawal,  are two women that have truly inspired me.