Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth at Rightpoint

Ross Freedman, Co-founder and Board Member

As we continue to reflect on recent world events, I want to acknowledge the very important commemoration of Juneteenth. In the spirit of our approach “Listen, Learn, Plan, Act,” we want to make education and awareness of this holiday a priority. 

To share information about Juneteenth in an effective and accessible way, we engaged a team of Rightpointers to curate a series of podcasts. We are calling these Podcasts "A Week of Listening" and they provide an opportunity for us to learn together. 


What is Juneteenth?


Juneteenth is a holiday that has gone unacknowledged for centuries by mainstream society but holds special significance in the African-American community. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it was not until June 19, 1865, that enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed by Union soldiers that they were free.


How is it celebrated?


In present day America, while still not recognized as a federal holiday, Juneteenth is celebrated to commemorate freedom and achievement. It is a day, a week and, in some areas a month, marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.


What can I do?


This year, Juneteenth falls during nationwide protests and rallying cries for change across the country. The renewed interest in the day that celebrates freedom is an opportunity for us to deepen our own knowledge and understanding so that we can be a part of positive change. As adults we know it’s not always easy to find the time to study a topic, so Rightpointers who expressed interest in the subject have curated a list of podcasts:

“It was hard to pick just 3 podcasts, (that’s why one is a series) but each of these has significant importance in understanding the historical and current context of Juneteenth and Black history in America.” - Alice Coleman, Design Director, Detroit

First Name Basis: What is Juneteenth? – 41 minutes

New York Times – 1619 Podcast – 5 episodes – 35-40 minutes

United States of Anxiety - Can we finally build a multiracial democracy in 2020?

I chose these podcasts because I felt they do a great job of educating those who want to grow in their empathy and understanding of Black culture and also provide a deeper dive into important conversations around racial equity and justice.”  - Nicole Davis, Design Lead, Dallas

Daily News and Analysis: What Next - "The Belated National Embrace of Juneteenth" - 16 mins.

NPR: Code Switch - 'Not Just Another Protest' - 42 mins.

The Diversity Gap: "Building Equity from the Ground Up with Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson" - 55 mins.


Ross Freedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Rightpoint