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!  

 

MinTech Lived Experiences Summer Talk Series Recap

MinTech Lived Experiences Summer Talk Series Recap

We hosted an amazing tech talk series in September that brought together professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives and more to share their lived experiences. As a firm built on ensuring people of color are seen and provided opportunities to excel in tech, this series was a true labor of love to celebrate our official 1 year in business.  

It was so inspiring to connect with over 150 people each Wednesday to share the face of tech not always seen. There were so many thought provoking experiences shared and real questions poised. As one of our panelists shared “The gold rush of our generation is tech”.  

As Karen Williams, CEO and Founder also shared, “We have to have representation. People go to work and will work hard for a company if they feel they can obtain the things they see.” This was our goal for the series and we look forward to continuing to elevate the face of tech one person at a time.  

View all four talks from our YouTube channel by clicking the link(s) below:

Talk 1: The Making of a Diversity Recruiting Firm + The Clients Who Value Them

Talk 2: Our Tech Story

Talk 3: Starting & Thriving For The Culture in Tech Entrepreneurship

Talk 4: The Digital Nomad Life