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At Skillcrush, part of our mission is to empower and support Black women in tech. Making Skillcrush a truly anti-racist and inclusive company is one of the 3 goals that drives our business, and we’ve been devoting time and resources each week for the past year to figuring out how we can keep doing better at it (and will continue to do so). In honor of Juneteenth, we’re taking space today to share some information about how and why we acknowledge this date in U.S. history, plus some resources for Black people working in the tech industry or looking to make a career change into tech.
Resources for Black people working in tech
2021 Events Commemorating Juneteenth
Diversity-Focused Job Boards
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth,” marks the day in 1865 when 250,000 Black Americans in Galveston, Texas finally learned they were free from slavery — almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a symbol of freedom as well as how emancipation was delayed for enslaved people in the Confederacy.
January 1, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those enslaved.
June 19, 1865 – Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger (Union Army) first read the proclamation, General Orders, No. 3, from his headquarters in the Osterman building in Galveston, Texas, notifying 250,000 enslaved Black people of their emancipation.
January 1, 1980 – Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas, although it had been celebrated informally since 1865.
June 19, 2016 – President Barack Obama, the first African-American US president, gave a statement on the Observance of Juneteenth.
June 15, 2021 – The Senate passes a bill to make Juneteenth a U.S. federal holiday.
- What is Juneteenth? (VOX)
- Juneteenth (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
- This Day in History: September 22 (History.com)
- Statement by the President on the Observance of Juneteenth (The Obama White House Archives)
- A bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday clears the Senate (New York Times)