Tomorrow, millions across the nation will commemorate Juneteenth—the end of slavery in the United States. The history of the holiday has its roots in the announcement of end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865—a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
As the nation grieves the loss of more Black lives, we say their names: Rayshard Brooks, Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, Riah Milton, and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells. It is essential to recognize that these recent incidents of racial violence and police brutality are more than just a moment. They are reflective of the long history of systemic racism and oppression in the United States that have contributed to the educational inequities Jumpstart seeks to correct by providing enriching learning experiences for preschool children, fostering a diverse early education workforce, and inspiring public support and investment in high-quality early learning.
Jumpstart is honoring Juneteenth this year—and every year going forward—by closing our offices and encouraging all staff to commemorate the day.
USE YOUR VOICE
Juneteenth is not yet a federal holiday, but 45 states plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation recognizing it as a holiday or observance.
Jumpstart adds our support to those urging Congress and the President to make Juneteenth a national holiday. We encourage you to add your voice too by signing the petition on change.org.
Today and every day, let us continue to ensure that Black Lives Matter and center racial justice in our daily lives.
President & CEO