In Recognition of Juneteenth

This Friday, June 19—known as Juneteenth—recognizes the end of slavery in the United States, when the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy in 1865. Union General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, TX, to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery, reading federal orders that all previously enslaved people in Texas, the most remote Confederate state, were free.

As the leader of America’s largest network of community colleges, Achieving the Dream stands in solidarity with millions of Black voices across the nation to honor Juneteenth. The stakes have never been higher; systemic racism, inequality, and racial injustice persist throughout the United States. We are committed to and must do more to address the systemic inequities within higher education to increase the social and economic mobility for students of color and their families. ATD is using a liberal leave policy this year to support employee observance of Juneteenth and is committing to review and change its holiday policy for the upcoming calendar year to ensure that it is inclusive and anti-racist.

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