Faculty, staff and learners invited to recognize Juneteenth during special event

June 16, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

This Friday, Michigan Medicine will honor and acknowledge Juneteenth, a holiday annually celebrated on June 19.

Juneteenth is the day set to commemorate the end of slavery in America, and the freedom of enslaved black, indigenous and people of color.

Significance and acknowledgement of said freedom is relevant now more than ever. While slavery has been abolished for centuries, and civil rights have been enacted for black people since 1964, the freedom granted to black, indigenous and people of color is still being infringed upon by systematic racism and racial disparities.

While Juneteenth is representative of how far the country has come, it also raises awareness of how much further it has to go. Honoring the deaths of George Floyd, and all of those whose lives have been lost at the hands of injustice, is only one way we express grief and stand in solidarity with our black coworkers, learners, patients, families and community.

Together, everyone in the community is invited to kneel – a symbol long associated with Colin Kapernick, peaceful protests, and the Black Lives Matter Movement, and honor the freedom that each and every American in this country is owed.

The Juneteenth tribute will begin Friday at 1 p.m. and is open to all faculty, staff, learners, patients, families, friends and community members. A moment of silence and kneeling will begin promptly at 1:15 p.m. Kneeling is optional, and not required to participate. The tribute will be live streamed at https://youtu.be/byz5IDd_SNU.

For more information about Juneteenth and the significance of the holiday, please click here.

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion will also host a virtual informative session on Juneteenth and the significance of the holiday on Thursday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. To attend visit this address.