Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
This year, this annual celebration of freedom is set in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Black transman Tony McDade at the hands of police, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Black transwomen Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Wilson, and the national spotlight on racial injustice.
As a result of the thoughtful leadership and recommendation by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee and in collaboration with the Executive Management Team, Project HOME is providing an additional floating holiday to all active, benefit-eligible staff to celebrate Juneteenth. Our staff are encouraged to use this floating holiday this Friday, June 19th. We hope that this day is a day of respite for our community and an extension of our solidarity with our Black community members. Starting in 2021, it will become one of our 10 annual Project HOME holidays.
Juneteenth is often celebrated with gatherings of family and friends, parades, and other events. Some virtual celebrations are below--along with educational resources for allies.
More than 150 years after the original Juneteenth celebration, racism and white supremacy remain embedded in the social and financial institutions in this country. We carry hope for change. Unless we work every day to dismantle racism, we are not doing our work.
(Virtual) events in Philadelphia:
- African American Museum Juneteenth Celebration
- Johnson House virtual Juneteenth festival
- Juneteenth Music Festival
Information for allies:
- What is Juneteenth? (youtube video)
- So you want to learn about Juneteenth? (NY Times article)
- Teaching Juneteenth