Juneteenth – June 19 – celebrates the freedom of enslaved people of color of African and Indigenous descent in the United States in 1865 after more than 250 years of bondage. It's an opportunity to pause, reflect and consider ways to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging and become stronger allies to communities who historically have experienced social injustice and inequities. This year and onward, Bristol Myers Squibb will recognize Juneteenth as a company holiday, in accordance with the federal observation.
“Our hope is that all employees use this time to reflect on the ways we can work together to drive an inclusive culture where all employees feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work,” added Fisher.
There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth
Learn more about activities and celebrations in major U.S. cities here. On a local level, consider one or more of the below options:
- Support a social justice initiative in your workplace
- Review your company’s initiatives that celebrate diversity. Click here to learn more about Bristol Myers Squibb’s commitments in diversity, inclusion and health equity.
- Support a Black-owned business
- Support a local social justice organization
- Connect with a local organization (local NAACP chapter, local food bank) and support their efforts for a back-to-school drive, scholarship gala, etc
- Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s site here for more information.