On June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. VISTA will be closed in honor of the holiday. While this day is a time for reflection, it is also a time for celebration! We celebrate all of the black doctors and healthcare professionals who make our healthcare system the best in the world. These dedicated individuals work hard every day to provide quality care to all patients. We salute you on Juneteenth, and we thank you for your dedication and service.
The History and Meaning of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On January 01, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that all slaves were to be free. However, it was not until June 19th, 1865 that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and slavery was no more. This day, now known as Juneteenth, has become a day of reflection and celebration for African Americans across the country. On Juneteenth, we remember our ancestors who were forced into slavery and celebrate our freedom.
As we reflect on the history of Juneteenth, we also celebrate the black doctors and healthcare professionals who make our healthcare system the best in the world. These dedicated individuals work hard every day to provide quality care to all patients. We salute you on Juneteenth, and we thank you for your dedication and service. If you are a doctor or healthcare professional of color, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments and how far you have come. On this day, we celebrate YOU! Thank you for everything that you do to make our healthcare system great. We are truly proud of your achievements.
There are many ways that you can celebrate Juneteenth. Here are a few ideas:
- Attend a Juneteenth Celebration in your community
- Learn more about the history of Juneteenth and share what you’ve learned with others
- Spend time with family and friends, and reflect on the meaning of freedom
- Show your support for Black-owned businesses
- Celebrate the black doctors and healthcare professionals in your life!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope that you have a happy and safe Juneteenth holiday.