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Celebrating Juneteenth

June 19, 2024

As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, we are reminded of the profound significance of this day in our nation’s history. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This day symbolizes not just the end of slavery but also the enduring spirit of resilience and hope within the African American community. This year’s Juneteenth holds particular importance as we continue to reflect on our progress toward equality and the challenges that remain. It is a time to educate ourselves about the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

In considering the current state of our democracy, Juneteenth serves as a poignant reminder of the principles of freedom and justice that underpin our nation. Today, we face significant challenges in ensuring that these principles are upheld for all citizens. Issues such as voter suppression and inequitable access to the democratic process threaten the very foundation of our democratic system. As we commemorate Juneteenth, we must also recognize the need for vigilance and action to ensure that every voice is heard and represented in our democracy.

The values of freedom and equality that Juneteenth represents can serve not only as a common ground for dialogue and collaboration but also as an opportunity for unity and reflection. It is a call to continue the work of building a more just and inclusive society where the promise of democracy is fully realized for all. With a remarkable track record in philanthropy that makes her a uniquely well-connected powerhouse, Latanya Mapp, CEO and President of ɫ, staunch commitment to advancing equity and social justice is evident through her various initiatives and leadership roles, driving significant impact across numerous communities. Under her guidance, ɫ remains steadfast in its mission to accelerate philanthropy in pursuit of a just world, striving to address systemic inequalities and promote inclusive growth. Let us honor this day by recommitting ourselves to the principles of justice and equality.

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