PEI Recognizes Juneteenth
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas - home of the most remote enslaved people in the U.S. – and declared that the Emancipation Proclamation formally ended slavery in lands occupied by the Union Army. Though, the Civil War had ended nearly two and a half years earlier, they finally learned they were free. Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate the end of formal slavery in this country.
PEI is recognizing Juneteenth as a Day of Action and Learning. We plan to spend the day supporting and learning about Black history and Black culture. Some of us will participate in service projects benefiting the Black community. Others will read books or writings by Black authors, listen to music by Black artists, or watch documentaries or movies about Black history or Black culture. We desire to make it a time to reflect on the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work we are committed to for ourselves and our organization. As we continue to engage in essential conversations about race, these individual experiences will support our collective transformation toward becoming an anti-racist organization.