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Celebrating Juneteenth: The Freedom of all Americans

Nobody is free until everybody is free.

Today we celebrate the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation granted 3.9 million enslaved Americans human freedom. On June 19, 1865, word of the proclamation of freedom finally reached enslaved people in Texas, two and a half years later.

“Juneteenth marks the day of true freedom for all Americans [...] Juneteenth was the beginning of freedom,” Madison Utendahl, founder and CCO of Utendahl Creative.

The Emancipation is a marker of progress for the country as a whole, not exclusively the black population.

It marks the beginning of a shift in policy and perception. Juneteenth is a reminder to keep going and a time to reflect on the systems and ideals that lead to the oppression of human beings.

“It is a moment where we step back and try to understand the Civil War through the eyes of enslaved people,” Karlos Hill, professor of African and African-American studies at theUniversity of Oklahoma. This date emphasizes education and achievement. It represents total freedom from slave trade across ALL states, including Texas.

“Juneteenth is a reminder of how far we’ve come as a society, and how we still have more to do as we continue to pursue equality and justice for all,” Complex News.

As a diverse company, College Chefs stands with our brothers and sisters in the fight for basic human equality. We hope that today serves as a celebration of progress, a recognition of the work that still needs to be done, and as an opportunity to engage and educate.

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