Most Organizations Plan to Commemorate Juneteenth 2020 (i4cp login required)

Most employers will formally observe Juneteenth (June 19th
— an annual observance of the end of slavery in the U.S.) in some way,
according to data from a new survey from the Institute for Corporate
Productivity (i4cp).

The survey, which was
fielded over the past 48 hours, found that organizations plan activities
ranging from offering education to their workforces on the history and meaning of the
date, to hosting a townhall or other dialogue with employees. Some have
designated it as a no-meeting day and encouraged employees to set aside time
for reflection.  

A small percentage (just 10%) of the 86 larger organizations
polled (those employing >1,000 people) reported that Juneteenth is a paid
holiday for the first time this year.

Clearly, awareness of Juneteenth is significantly heighted
this year for tragic reasons. And although 47 states and the District of
Columbia have passed legislation that recognizes Juneteenth as a either a state
holiday or an official day or observance, there remains a long way to go in
terms of its recognition as an official federal holiday in the U.S. What
will Juneteenth mean in your organization?
Consider some common traditions
such as readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, work by noted African-American writers,
or share ideas from

Juneteenth is a day of
reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken
to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all
races, ethnicities, and nationalities—as nothing is more comforting than the
hand of a friend. Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality, as a reference
point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made
by African Americans to this society.

Juneteenth is a day on which
honor and respect is paid for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which
we acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath. On Juneteenth we talk
about our history and realize because of it, there will forever be a bond
between us.

On Juneteenth we think about
that moment in time when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received word of
their freedom. We imagine the depth of their emotions, their jubilant dance,
and their fear of the unknown.

Juneteenth is a day that we
commit to each other the needed support as family, friends, and
co-workers. It is a day we build coalitions that enhance African American

On Juneteenth we come together
young and old to listen, to learn, and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a
day where we all take one step closer together—to better utilize the energy
wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for