The annual Juneteenth celebration provides an important opportunity for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made individually and as a society in addressing racial and social injustice, while also acknowledging the tremendous work that still lies ahead to eliminate racism, discrimination and bias and bring about equity in our country.
Juneteenth honors the day in 1865 that Union Army General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas proclaiming freedom for enslaved people. The date came two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of Civil War fighting, however news had been slow to reach enslaved people in all parts of the South.
In addition to honoring freedom, Juneteenth recognizes the accomplishments and challenges that African American people experience in the United States. The day is marked in states across the country with celebrations, picnics and family gatherings.
At Connecticut Children’s, we are honoring Juneteenth by releasing a formal statement outlining our commitment to addressing the root causes of racism, discrimination and bias. The statement pledges that we will work with our patients, families, team members and community partners across a variety of sectors to reduce the racial and social divide and advance equity. It also outlines four key principles that guide our work.
To read our statement on racism, discrimination and bias, click here.
To read more about our diversity, equity and inclusion work, click here.
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