Juneteenth, also known as African American Emancipation Day, commemorates slavery’s official end in America. On June 19, 1865 in Galveston Texas General Garner delivered this official proclamation (juneteenth.com).
Today Juneteenth is celebrated around the world! This day can be utilized to self- reflect on ways that we can improve conditions in the Black community. Yesterday it was my honor to moderate the Let’s Talk: Where Do We Go from Here? series presented by Drexel University’s Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association. 130 participants actively engaged as we discussed chronic stress, trauma, racism, implicit bias, and its effect on the health of the Black Community. Together we formulated creative solutions to mitigate our stress, discussed strategies for dismantling racism and implicit bias, and thought of ways to further support our Black community.
Take a moment today to think of 3 ways that you will contribute to improving conditions in the Black Community. Now act on it!