Aurélie: As a national holiday, I’d like people to take it as an opportunity to rewind and question everything they’ve learned about it in the past. People can become more aware of what happened since Juneteenth and reflect on what’s the current state of equality in this country. A time to also acknowledge white privilege. A day that is not only about facts from the past but ultimately what are the first actions and small steps we can each take at this moment in society.
Ciara: Juneteenth to me, is a day to reflect on our nation’s history, a day to celebrate Black lives and voices, a day to acknowledge, remember, learn, and take action – just as we have a responsibility to do everyday.
Lauren: This Juneteenth finds me in a deep state of reflection. While on paper it’s meant to “celebrate” the liberation of my people, I’m personally taking the time to reflect and reclaim. This year specifically, I’m working on reclaiming my joy. There seems to be a ‘ghost’ that continues to haunt us as a collective, and with the devastating toll that COVID-19 had on our world and our community and the countless murders of my Black brothers and sisters, it’s more important now than ever to find your peace. I’m grateful for the sacrifices that were made by my ancestors so that I could see today, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to show up everyday as my very best.
Torre: Juneteenth represents a time of freedom and salvation. It’s mostly a celebration to the end of years of government sanctioned torture. However, I do not see it as “the end of racism” or the end of Black people’s plight. As for after Juneteenth followed hundreds of years of Jim Crow, discrimination, and segregation. It’s important for Black people especially to celebrate every single win, no matter how small. Juneteenth was a huge win.