WASHINGTON — In commemoration of National Independence Day June 19, FEMA personnel will participate in employee-organized programming honoring the legacy of June 19, followed by a day of public service on Monday, June 20, led by members of the FEMA National Service Alumni Employee Resource Group in Washington, DC, nonprofit bread for the city.
“It is incredibly important that we come together as a nation to recognize the significance of Juneteenth and to never forget the millions of black Americans who were deprived of their freedoms in this country under slavery,” said Deanne Criswell. , FEMA Trustee. “At FEMA, we strive to put equity at the center of our efforts and do our part to address and correct these historic injustices.”
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day, commemorates the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were told of the general order 3, declaring that all slaves were free. Last year, in support of this important day, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the “National Independence Day June 19 Law” in law, officially commemorating June 19 as a federal holiday.
“Juneteenth not only serves as a celebration of the hope, resilience and perseverance of the African-American community, but it also allows us all to reflect on the complex history of our country – examining both the legacy of systemic racism while appreciating how far we have come,” FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik A. Hooks said. “At FEMA and throughout the Biden-Harris administration, we know that there is still more work to do if we are to fulfill the promise of June 19 and ensure that everyone in this country lives a dignified life.” Assistant Administrator Hooks also recorded a video where he reflected more on his thoughts for the holidays.
In addition to the community service project, the FEMA National Service Alumni Employee Resource Group will do with the DC nonprofit bread for the cityFEMA also recognized Juneteenth with two special events hosted by employees earlier this week.
One event, hosted by the agency’s Veterans Advisory Council, included a presentation by Juneteenth Legacy Project President Samuel L. Collins III. A second event, co-hosted by the FEMA African American Employee Resource Group and Equity Coalition of the Willing, featured a conversation celebrating Juneteenth, acknowledging the lessons of the past and connecting them to the current struggle for African-American freedom and equity. Americans.