Saturday is Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. It honors the end of slavery in the United States. The annual holiday recognizes the events of June 19, 1865, when news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas. It freed enslaved people in the furthest reaches of Texas and the South. The event took place years later (2 ½ years) after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
This year Juneteenth was adopted as a Federal Holiday. At CHRISTUS we are proud to truthfully acknowledge a period of history that continues to influence our work today.
Last year, we held a town hall on Juneteenth. It meant a lot to hear from these three women. Kimberly King Webb, Dr. Loren Robinson and Mackey Roberson are well thought of and inspirational leaders within the CHRISTUS Health System.
This is a day to celebrate our country’s greatness but also to push us all to continue to achieve greater equity. This is something we are passionate about at CHRISTUS!!!