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Stories & Insights
We sat down with Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Melissa Slocum to talk about Juneteenth, EDI efforts at Crossroads and how we can support our BIPOC neighbors.
June 23, 2023
Juneteenth is significant because on June 19, 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. 250,000 of those still enslaved in Galveston, Texas received news of their freedom from Union Troops. This became a key historical event when all those who were enslaved in places still under Confederate control, could physically be freed. See the resources below for further learning.
To commemorate this important day, Crossroads offered our employees a paid holiday - now for the second year in a row - to allow our team the opportunity to celebrate in their own way and reflect on the significance of Juneteenth.
As the newly appointed Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, I have been taking the time to assess the needs of our organization and put together a plan that we are excited to launch soon!
We have also formed our EDI council that meets once a month to discuss happenings at Crossroads as well as host educational events for the rest of the staff.
We can support Juneteenth by attending local events, learning more through resources, supporting Black-owned businesses this month and every month, and bringing local groups to your organization to speak about Juneteenth and other important Black histories.
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