While enslaved peoples living in Confederate States were declared legally free through the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it was not until June 19th, 1865 that those in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas were free. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” and subsequently established an annual commemoration of this important day in history.
The goodbuy offices will be closed on Monday, June 20th, in observance and acknowledgement of Juneteenth. Given our ongoing support of business owners of diverse and intersectional identities and values — as well as our team’s shared commitment to learning as one of our guiding principles — we honor this critical day in history as a day-on for reflection and to educate ourselves about our individual and collective role in centering diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access in our personal daily life, as well as in our work and contributions.
Together, we are committed to engaging with humility, knowing that there’s always more to learn, and we prioritize staying curious, more than being right. Below is a non-exhaustive list of a few of the resources and considerations our team is reflecting upon this Juneteenth as a starting place for continued learning and action.
We invite others to consider these resources, and encourage and welcome your feedback, reflections, additional resources, questions, and suggestions as we reaffirm and recommit ourselves to doing gooder for each other, the goodbuy community, and our shared world today, and always.
“The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth” from The National Museum of African American History & Culture | 5 minute read
“One Woman’s Decade-Long Fight to Make Juneteenth a U.S. Holiday” from NPR | 7 minute read
“Juneteenth should be about culture, not capitalism” from New York Amsterdam News | 10 minute read
“History of Juneteenth” from Iowa PBS | 3 minute watch
“Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth” from VOX | 7 minute watch
“A Taste of Freedom” from Code Switch | 32 minute listen
“The History and Meaning of Juneteenth” from The Daily | 27 minute listen
1619, a podcast series from The New York Times | 4-41 minutes per episode
Searching for organizations local to your community to support? Search for Black-founded nonprofits, Juneteenth care crews, and mutual aid organizations in your community online!
ADDITIONAL IDEAS ✨
The following ideas have been adapted from an article first authored by Ella F. Washington and Jasmine Sanders for the Harvard Business Review (June ‘21) titled: “How Your Organization Can Recognize Juneteenth”.
Wishing all a meaningful weekend, and a joyful Juneteenth to those who celebrate.
The goodbuy team