Juneteenth Spirit Week

Our People of Color United [POCU] Employee Resource Group is hosting a Juneteenth spirit week full of history, culture, traditions and awareness as we celebrate the black community. We will continue to stand with the black community and drive the mission of POCU to highlight cultural diversity while attracting and retaining talented people of color. We will ensure all employees, vendors, and guests feel welcomed, valued, seen, and heard every day! Happy Juneteenth, everyone!

Kickoff Blog Post


Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Granger’s announcement was two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in other southern states.

HBCU Celebration


Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been a big part of the economic and social structure of the United States for nearly 190 years. Many students of color, many of them notable, have attended HBCUs thanks to the rich cultural and educational opportunities provided. Click the link below to learn more about how HBCU’s are celebrating Juneteenth.



Breaking bread with loved ones is an important part of African American culture, and Juneteenth is no different. These selected recipes reflect the holiday’s Texas roots.

Songs for Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist


Pianist Lara Downes has hand-picked a playlist of songs for NPR to share that are personal and powerful to celebrate Juneteenth.

Black-Owned Businesses


Supporting Black businesses is something we can do not just on Juneteenth, but anytime throughout the year! Read our blog post to learn how to find black-owned businesses in your area, as well as a special spotlight on a local business in CA.

Stories from the Past


In addition to all other forms of celebration, Juneteenth also highlights oral storytelling. There are usually open mics that allow individuals to share poetry (new and classics), singing, and storytelling. This is tradition also draws back to the story’s origin with General Granger’s verbal proclamation of freedom to the formerly enslaved Texans.

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