Happy Juneteenth from YWCA National Capital Area

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Happy Juneteenth from YWCA National Capital Area

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Today is Juneteenth. And, while it may be the newest of federal holidays, it is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This celebration calls us to recommit our support to Black people and communities in this country.

May this day remind us of the deep planted roots of white supremacy in this country and that we must work every day to dismantle racial inequity.

At the YWCA National Capital, we know that history continues to be whitewashed, conveniently leaving out parts of our history that we shouldn’t forget. Black people continue to suffer under white supremacy systems such as mass incarceration, voter suppression laws, the banning of books that feature the Black experience,  racism in healthcare, and the “othering” of Black people.

These things have happened before and continue today. We will not stand aside and support these systems of slavery. You shouldn’t either.

As you celebrate today, we also call you to action in support of Black people and their liberation. Here are some ways:

The fight for justice–especially racial justice–takes all of us. None of us are free until we all are.