On June 17, President Biden signed legislation to make Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. The holiday will be recognized annually on June 19, and observed on the closest weekday when June 19 falls on a weekend.
This is a momentous occasion and it is important that we recognize the meaning and value behind the Juneteenth holiday. In Glendale Unified School District, we celebrate diversity and work together to build an inclusive community and provide a culturally relevant and responsive education for all students. We are proud to commemorate Juneteenth as an important moment to recognize the struggles of Black and African Americans, and have honest and courageous conversations about what we as a country, and a school district, can do to build a more inclusive environment for all students, employees, and families.