A letter from the CEO of ‘Fast Company’ about the importance of self-examination, racial justice, and how the newsroom is observing Juneteenth.
You may have noticed that there are fewer new articles than usual on Fast Company today. That’s because Fast Company’s entire team is taking the day off in honor of Juneteenth. June 19th was the date in 1865 when Union general Gordon Granger proclaimed total emancipation in Texas, the last of the defeated Confederate states to stop enslaving people. By that proclamation, a newly reunited United States recommitted itself to the ideals enshrined in the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two years before, and the Declaration of Independence, signed nearly 90 years before.
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