Goodwill Celebrates Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth goes by many names: Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, Freedom Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

History of Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, announcing the end of slavery in the United States. Sadly, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to finally deliver the news that enslaved people had been freed.

Juneteenth was first officially celebrated the following year on the anniversary of this momentous date. The following December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment. On June 17, 2021, it became a federal holiday when the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed.

A Culture of Diversity

Goodwill embraces diversity and inclusion.  We believe every person should live life to their full potential and that the best way to unlock that potential is through education and the power of work.

Goodwill Central Texas is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in which all team members are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in our company policies and our overall mission to transform future generations by empowering individuals through education, career training, and work. Working together as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is essential to our success.