Why is Juneteenth important?

On June 19, 1865, Juneteenth—also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, or the country's second Independence Day—stands as an enduring symbol of Black American freedom. When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and fellow federal soldiers arrived at Galveston, a coastal town on Texas' Galveston Island, on June 19, 1865, it was to issue orders for the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the state. Although telegraph messages had shared news of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and while the war had been settled in the Union's favor since April of 1865, Granger's message was a promise of accountability. There was now a large enough coalition to enforce the end of slavery and overwhelm the Texas Confederate constitution, which forbade individuals' release from bondage in that way. Texas became the last Confederate state to end slavery in the U.S. (The history and significance of Juneteenth)

How do you plan to celebrate Juneteenth?

I personally will be attending local events at Lake Meritt in Oakland, CA 

Do you have any suggestions for how others can celebrate Juneteenth?

Celebrate by sharing information and knowledge with family and friends on why the holiday exists and if possible, attend a local event within your own community.

What has been your involvement in the DEI team?

I have been involved since its inception and to be one of the first to bring the idea of DEI to Bynder is humbling. Although my experiences are challenging at times, this group for me was a way to ensure those who came after me wouldn't face similar situations/circumstances

What has been your most inspring project to work on with the DEI team?

In February 2021, I had the opportunity to take on the Black History Month project with Claudine and Will. We wanted to share content for Black History Month that not only focussed on prominent black figures but to also educate on the past and the truth of how my ancestors were viewed in the Us. We intentionally wanted to go beyond slavery by providing content that would educate on topics as redefining, lack of access to education, or systemic oppression that still remain today for people of color. And to top it all off, I had my college professor Dr. Ty speak to the importance of Black History and DEI.

What do you think is the most profound moment in black history?

Everyday that I am able to stand against the stereotypes and ideologies of this world that are placed upon me, is a moment in history for me personally. I could easily give in bit there are people who look like me who faced the same trials and tribulations but consider it pure joy and continue to lead with love and are not defined by the color of the skin but by the condition of the heart. That alone is history and that is what encourages me everyday.

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings
(1 Peter 5:9)

What are your hopes for the future?

More people of color in leadership positions here at Bynder...representations is key for our growth as a global company. We are working towards a better Bynder and I am encouraged to do my part and continue to plant seeds along the way that will produce good fruit.

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