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UNGC Network USA Commemorates Juneteenth 
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UNGC Network USA Commemorates Juneteenth 

June 19, 2023

Juneteenth holds significant historical and cultural importance in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation declared the freedom of enslaved individuals, it took over two and a half years for the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas to be freed on June 19, 1865. 

Juneteenth highlights the importance of translating policy into action and emphasizes the need for sustained efforts to achieve genuine emancipation and equality.

Recognizing Juneteenth as an American holiday is crucial in acknowledging Black Americans' unique experiences and struggles throughout history. It provides an opportunity for reflection, education, and dialogue about the legacy of slavery, systemic racism, and the ongoing fight for justice. By amplifying understanding and promoting conversations about intersectionality, Juneteenth can catalyze fostering real and long-lasting cultural change.

In this context, Network USA's commitment to assisting companies in translating aspirational commitments into measurable actions aligns with the spirit of Juneteenth. It emphasizes the importance of making bold policies and taking concrete steps toward implementing them. Juneteenth encourages individuals, organizations, and societies to move beyond rhetoric and actively work towards dismantling systemic barriers and advancing equality for all.

We invite you to access this online session on Human Rights and Racial Justice for more discussions on advancing racial equality in the US. The session took place during the 2021 UNGC Leaders Summit.

We also share a conversation we had with Network USA Board Member and Senior Vice President and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco, Brian Tippens. Drawing examples from his work at Cisco, Brian discusses how companies can utilize Juneteenth to drive positive change, fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, regardless of race or background. 

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