Our founder Juliette Gordon Low had a vision of breaking down the conventions of her day by reaching across class, cultural and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills. As those who carry on her legacy today, we share her dedication to equality and to doing more today to advance racial justice.
One step that we can take is to recognize the importance and impact of the ending of slavery in this country by formally recognizing Juneteenth for the importance it plays in our history. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers shared news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Long called black Independence Day, the historical significance of Juneteenth is not recognized among the list of national observances and holidays. In 2004, New Jersey codified recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday, formally known as Juneteenth Independence Day and sadly, that recognition has been primarily on paper, with broad recognition overlooked.
GSCSNJ will recognize and amplify the importance of Juneteenth each year through education and advocacy and we will recognize the date as a Council holiday. Therefore, GSCSNJ will be closed this Friday - June 19, 2020.
We are pleased to take this small step to recognize and honor what has long been an important celebration in the black community, and a date that commemorates a pivotal moment in our history.
- What Is Juneteenth? - Activities for girls to raise awareness of this important celebration
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