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One hundred and fifty-six years after Black Americans in Galveston, Texas learned of the outlaw of enslavement — well after the Emancipation Proclamation — President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. Juneteenth is now the 11th annually recognized federal holiday and the only federal holiday centered on the horrors of enslavement and the promised transformative legacy of emancipation.

This federal recognition builds on years of advocacy from leaders like Opal Lee. A fearless changemaker from Texas, Opal walked from her home in Fort Worth to Washington, DC in 2016 — when she was 89 years old — to bring attention to her urgent belief that the history of Black Americans should be acknowledged and commemorated.

While we joyously celebrate the recognition and prestige of a federal holiday designation, it’s clear the fight for racial equity is far from over. Let’s use this weekend to reflect on how we are being changemakers in the anti-racism movement and how we can further our impact in creating equitable communities.

This week we were thrilled to see President Biden nominate Michael Smith, former Case Foundation SVP, as CEO of AmeriCorps! His track record of working across the aisle and his extensive on-the-ground experience helping improve communities across America make him an ideal candidate for this role. His fearless leadership will bring fresh energy and vision to volunteerism and the social sector. Congrats, Michael — we are so proud!
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Read about fearless entrepreneurs using the urgency of the moment to bet on themselves and launch companies across the country. Special shoutout to Maisha Burt, founder of Workchew, who is based in our hometown of Washington, DC!
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Progress diversifying workforces continues to be a challenge across a wide variety of industries. While the data on the venture capital industry makes it clear they have a long way to go, the number of firms with diversity, equity, and inclusion plans has increased. We know many will be watching to see if these firms follow through on their DEI plans.
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