Editor’s Note: Join us in celebrating Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of people who had been enslaved in the US, and reminds us of the fight for equality that’s continuing today. To commemorate the day, we spoke with Digital Marketing and SEO Apprentice Briannah Seymore to hear about what it means to her. We encourage our team to use this as an opportunity to reflect and learn, so below we have also gathered a list of educational resources and events to help us all continue to celebrate and support the Black community.
What does Juneteenth mean to you?
“To me, Juneteenth represents the long nights and long days that our ancestors and leaders had marched before us, being held down and taken away from their families. It represents their fight and it represents us knowing that what they went through wasn’t in vain. We typically celebrate Juneteenth not just for our freedom, but for them too. And to remember that we still have work to do and fight for.”
Why do you think it’s important that people recognize Juneteenth?
“I think it’s very important to celebrate, especially after this past year. If you have employees or friends who are Black or of the African American culture, you want to let them know, ‘I’m your friend, I’m standing behind you, and I believe in the same things that you believe in.
Juneteenth reminds me that even if we’re tired, whatever we believe in, whatever laws we’re trying to get passed, we have to continue to fight for them.”
How do you like to celebrate Juneteenth?
Here in Syracuse, there’s a march followed by a cookout to celebrate Juneteenth. That’s always really fun! Everyone is singing, dancing, eating, conversing, and enjoying themselves.
Ways to Celebrate:
- Learn about the history of Juneteenth and other Black civil rights movements in the US
- Attend a Juneteenth parade near you or virtual events such as:
- Donate to organizations fighting for the Black community
- Read the works of Black authors and poets
- Support local Black-owned businesses
- Watch educational documentaries detailing Black history, racial injustice, and current events