June 19th, 1865 marked the day when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Texas were liberated. This occurred 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863. JUNETEENTH is the annual recognition of that monumental day.
To honor this historical event, NJCASA will be giving all employees a day off with pay. Since June 19th falls on a Saturday this year, the day taken off will be Friday, June 18th.
The movement to recognize JUNETEENTH follows the tragic deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans…and amid demands for social justice.
Please note that the decision to observe this day, which was unanimously agreed upon by the NJCASA Board of Trustees, is not yet a part of the NJCASA company policy. However, during my time as Interim Executive Director, I will work toward making that happen. In the meantime, this is effective for 2021 only.
As we diligently seek to restore justice within our coalition and beyond, this is merely one concerted effort toward recognizing the fight for racial equity. My hope is that you will dedicate part of the day on JUNETEENTH to reflecting on how far we have come and how far we need to go.
Wishing you well!
All the best,
Renai Ellison, Ed.D.
Interim Executive Director