The Juneteenth holiday is the most popular annual celebration of the emancipation of slavery in the United States each year. While June 19th doesn’t mark the exact date freedom was finally felt, it was this date in 1865 that freedom was announced in Galveston, Texas by Major General Gordon Granger of the District of Texas. In 1866, celebrations began to honor the Juneteenth emancipation, with this date in particular chosen due to the bravery of freed slaves acting on the news, despite strong resistance from the former slave owners. Juneteenth was officially made a holiday in Texas in 1979, with a total of 48 out of the 50 US States, as well as the District of Columbia, now following suit.
As supporters of the movement for racial equality, we would have liked to begin observing Juneteenth from this year onward; however, as a global team, we must ensure we provide sufficient notice to each of you and to our subscribers with whom we have already made commitments for this Friday.
Starting in 2021, we will be designating one of our 3 floating holidays to commemorate and honor the Juneteenth holiday (with this update, there will be 2 floating holidays in 2021). We respectfully ask that each of us take a moment today to reflect on how we can better integrate our communities and society to be inclusive and supportive of everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Thank you for your dedication to Gensuite and for enabling us to offer an inviting and inclusive work environment to everyone.