Juneteenth (June 19) is now recognized as the day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebrate Black history and culture in our country.
Although President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in 1863, on this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to declare the end of the Civil War and issue a long-awaited order freeing the remaining slaves in Texas.
On this special day, and every day, we at United Way of Miami-Dade stand with our Black community against racism in all of its forms. As we are all too painfully aware, there is still much work to be done. We commit to being part of this critical work right here in Miami.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way of Miami-Dade respects and celebrates the strength diversity adds to our community and our organization. We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities, which United Way seeks to dismantle. For over 95 years our United Way has sought to create a stronger community for all by bringing together diverse groups through steadfast efforts to identify issues, define solutions and engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, to advance social change.
We work with individuals, other nonprofits, corporate partners, labor groups, government and other partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. From our role as conveners and awareness builders – to our strategic investments and public policy advocacy – we commit to leveraging all of our assets to create a more equitable community.
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