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GLIDE Voices: Juneteenth – Honoring History, Embracing Progress

This Juneteenth, a momentous occasion in African American history, GLIDE recognizes the profound significance of this day. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, serving as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

In this blog, we share a few heartfelt reflections from our staff members as they share their perspectives on Juneteenth and shed light on the enduring challenges faced by Black people in America. Their words emphasize the importance of continuous action and inspire us to work towards a more just and equitable future.


Saundra Haggerty, Violence Intervention Programs Manager.

“Juneteenth represents how freedom and justice continue to delay for Black people in America. In the past, I’ve celebrated at events or with family and friends. Juneteenth represents how long it takes black people to get things owed to them.” 

Angelo Turner, Chief Development Officer.

“Juneteenth commemorates the day Africans received emancipation. It’s a bittersweet day because while the government decided to favor human rights and equality, many rules, laws, and policies were implemented by our government to intimidate and disenfranchise African Americans. We still have a long way to go, but for Juneteenth, I’ll celebrate freedom, liberty, and equality.” 

Kenneth Ward Jr., social media and Digital Content Specialist.

“Juneteenth represents a day that my ancestors were allowed to be equal amongst humans. Although this holiday will be celebrated in the future, it can’t be limited to a celebration. It’s a time for African Americans to put in work, meaning that I can’t just celebrate; I must actively do something for my community. My ancestors suffered, and I owe it to them to become successful and make an impact within my community because much work needs to be done.” 

In embracing the essence of Juneteenth, GLIDE remains committed to fostering positive change and advocating for a society that honors justice, equality, and empowerment for every individual. The heartfelt reflections of GLIDE’s staff members remind us of the arduous journey endured by the Black community and the ongoing fight for freedom and equality. Acknowledging the milestones achieved on Juneteenth, we are inspired to continue working towards a future where systemic barriers are dismantled and all individuals can thrive. GLIDE’s unwavering dedication to social justice aligns harmoniously with the spirit of Juneteenth as we strive to create a truly inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the rights and aspirations of every person. Together, let us honor the past, embrace the present, and envision a future where justice and equality prevail.