Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the freedom of all Americans AND recognize that, for many, freedom is still not a reality. It remains something to fight for – and until all of us are free, none of us truly are. If you are not familiar with Juneteenth, we encourage you to educate yourself about this holiday and explore how you can promote healing and be an advocate for freedom in our community. This article from the National Museum of African American History & Culture explains the holiday and why it is celebrated.
Our YMCA is on a continuous journey to ground our policies and practices in equity and consider the diverse cultural perspectives of our staff and greater community. By observing Juneteenth, we are taking one step in this direction.
In observing, all South Sound YMCA facilities will be closed on Sunday, June 19. We welcome you to explore and study the significance of the holiday as we come together and realize our full potential as a nation – justice and equity for all!