Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. While it’s been over 150 years since June 19, 1865, the day the last of the enslaved people were freed, the impacts of the unjust treatment of African Americans are seen in our communities today. We all have a part to play to intentionally disrupt and stand against the systems designed to hold some of our neighbors back, while raising up others. Juneteenth offers us the space to celebrate while intentionally thinking how we can continue to work for equitable communities and opportunity for every person.
To recognize and lift up the importance of this holiday, and to inspire us all to think about what we’re doing to work for equity in our rural communities, we’d like to share a piece written by Blandin Foundation board member Bukata Hayes.