Celebrating Juneteenth
by CUAD Communications

Today we celebrate and acknowledge Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day. Marked annually on the 19th of June in the United States, the day commemorates Union army general Gordon Granger's reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas in 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them more than two years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.

Celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s, often centering on a food festival. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, it was eclipsed by the struggle for postwar civil rights, but grew in popularity again in the 1970s with a focus on African American freedom and arts. By the 21st century, Juneteenth was celebrated in most major cities across the United States.

Today, activists are campaigning for the United States Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday, especially in light of recent events. Juneteenth is already recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 48 of the 50 U.S. states. (Source: Wikipedia)

We are proud to report that South Dakota Governor Noem and North Dakota Governor Burgum have both signed proclamations declaring JUNETEENTH DAY in the Dakotas. You can see the signed proclamations below.

North Dakota Proclamation

South Dakota Proclamation

In addition, NCUA has issued a report on efforts to preserve minority credit unions. In a press release shared this morning, Chairman Rodney E. Hood said, “The celebration of Juneteenth compels all of us to do our part to advance the goal of greater financial inclusion for more Americans. As the nation celebrates this year’s Juneteenth, we must recommit ourselves to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are necessary to foster and promote greater opportunity for all Americans. As we reflect on the enormous significance of this day and what it represents, it should also remind us how much further we must go.

He continues, “The recent protests across America and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities, have illustrated the economic and financial challenges of minority, rural, and underserved communities. These events underscore the importance of MDI credit unions to their communities, and the NCUA has and will continue to find more avenues of support for these institutions.”

View the entire press release here.


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