The civil uprising we’re seeing now marks the beginning of a new civil rights movement. Bellwether Housing is committed to advancing our anti-racism work within our organization. We recognizes this as an important time in history and an opportunity to make a difference by engaging in deeper conversation and taking additional action against racism.
Bellwether Housing will observe Juneteenth as a company holidays to show our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more specifically to acknowledge our country’s history of racism. We are encouraging staff to use the day to reflect on racial injustice, learn about the history of racism in our country, take action, and further their anti-racism work. Recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday is only one step in organization's ongoing anti-racism efforts.
Juneteenth occurs annually on June 19 and commemorates June 19, 1865 which marked the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it took over two years for news to reach Black people enslaved in Texas. This year marks the 155th anniversary of this historic day.