Houston, Texas – June 19, 2021 – This year’s Juneteenth celebration serves as another historic milestone in the fight for racial equality. The bipartisan support for the national Juneteenth holiday provides a collective opportunity to celebrate progress while also incentivizing approaches to dismantling the systematic barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Celebrating Juneteenth as a federal holiday is an important step forward. Still, we must not overlook the Thirteenth Amendment’s slavery exception impacting millions of prisoners, their families and communities across this country. Neither should we turn a blind eye to the current legislative attempts to hide American history and limit voting access,” said Dr. Howard Henderson, director of the Center for Justice Research. “There is still work to be done, particularly when we continue to experience the damaging remnants of slavery.”
As we move forward, the Center for Justice Research challenges our fellow countrymen and countrywomen to live up to the spirit of the holiday by working collectively to create a nation unlike any we have ever experienced. The Juneteenth holiday provides an opportunity to celebrate the end of slavery and renew our commitment to equity-based approaches.
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“As we march protected by the arch of justice and celebrate a holiday of reflection, we all must recognize that undoing the effects of slavery and Jim Crow will be extremely difficult,” finished Dr. Henderson. “Nonetheless, it can and will be done through collaboration, education, and unwavering commitment.”
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