It’s been approximately a month since the murder of George Floyd. Despite the outrage behind his killing, countless others have lost their lives to racist terrorist. So on Juneteenth, in addition to celebrating, we must continue to fight for equality. I stand with all people who demand justice and profound, systematic change.
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the US. First marked in Texas on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.
As a black woman and CEO, I employ a diverse staff and encourage acknowledgment of self-value daily. It’s essential for me to lead by example, whether it’s celebrating Juneteenth or continuously helping others to “pull themselves up” by the illusive bootstraps. I’m not eager to chant the mantra and ask others to determine whether “Black Lives Matter,” we’ve always mattered! However, it is time to embrace ourselves, support one another, and use your power in the “black dollar” to demand change. Be damned with those who don’t see our value, as long as we know our worth. But it’s not enough to know your importance, but we must demonstrate it through how we relate to and support one another. Be confident and prideful in who you are and whose you are my kings and queens.
Social injustice and senseless killings of melanin-rich people at the hands of police and race squads have existed since the Europeans invaded America and Africa. As we all grieve the deaths of every person that lost their life at the hands of racism, I encourage you all to continue making your voices heard. I spread love and deep compassion for those whose lives will never be the same due to social injustice, racism, and murder.
Value yourself, be prideful and confident in who you are. Continue to make a change.