cadran·Jun 17·14 replies
Elpha and I recognize the importance of Juneteenth* this Friday, June 19th.How are you and your company honoring Juneteenth? Please share your events, celebrations, initiatives, or your thoughts and reflections on this year’s Juneteenth.If you’re a Black Elpha and would like to invite others in the community to take actions with you as part of your commemoration, then please share in the comments how you’d like to be supported.I’m honoring the day by taking time out to read Black authors. In particular I’ll continue reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and will start How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. I’ll be joining a Juneteenth town hall with other founders to continue to learn about how to build an inclusive company. Lastly, I’m going to take some time to think through how to apply everything I’m learning to Elpha, and I look forward to sharing my concrete plans with the community after reflection.FYI I’m planning to publish this post publicly on Friday with the hope that the comments contain a variety of valuable actions and thoughts that a wider audience should know about.* For those unfamiliar with the history of Juneteenth: Juneteenth or Freedom Day commemorates the ending of slavery in the US. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas to share news that the war was over and all slaves were now free. This was over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, which became official in 1863. Here is more about the history of Juneteenth.
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