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Kinecta Commemorates Juneteenth

Juneteenth
Published: June 17, 2022

June 19th marks Juneteenth National Independence Day as a federal Holiday. Kinecta is proud to honor and celebrate this day.
 
On June 19th federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
 
Here are a few ideas for celebrating liberation:
 
Attend a Juneteenth Celebration
Music, parades, Barbeques, food trucks, virtual events, dancing and activities are all ways people can share in the joy of Black Americans being free. Red is the color associated with the holiday, as it symbolizes sacrifice and transition. June is also Black Music Month. Check your local newspaper for listings.   
 
Read up on African American History
The saying goes “Those who don’t know their history are destined to repeat it”. Learn about the history of Juneteenth and the events that led up to it. One of the many sources of valuable information is the book Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison and the film Miss Juneteenth.
 
Support Black Owned Businesses
Some people honor Juneteenth by buying from Black-owned business. During the pandemic Black owned businesses suffered the most. A 2021 H&R Block survey found that 53% of Black business owners saw their revenue drop by half, compared to 37% of White owners. Juneteenth is a great time to show support for those organizations.
 
Promote Juneteenth on Social Media
Another way to recognize Juneteenth is to create social media posts. Your post can educate people about the day, list celebratory events, honor Black heroes, promote Black businesses or to share how your company recognizes the holiday.