President's Statement Recognizing Juneteenth
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021 -- This Saturday, June 19, We acknowledge and celebrate the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the United States on June 19, 1865.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing that that the Civil War was over, and slavery was outlawed. Although slavery was banned by the Emancipation Proclamation two and half years earlier, many slave owners ignored the executive order and continued to hold people in bondage. With Granger’s announcement, June 19 became known as the true day of African American freedom and the end of slavery in our country.
Now, 156 years later, we officially commemorate and celebrate this historic day known as Juneteenth. As with a growing number of associations, companies, and organizations across the country we will observe Juneteenth as a recognized holiday. This year, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, and so AACAP offices will be closed Friday, June 18, in early commemoration of the day.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry stands firm in our commitment in addressing systemic racism and racial disparities as well as systemic inequities in healthcare, education, and our community. We share a common bond and commitment as we work towards achieving equality and justice for all. The inequalities that exist in communities of color remind us of all the continuing impact that social, economic, and political disparities have on these communities.
Juneteenth is a reminder that real change, while hard, is possible. We will continue to work towards equality as a way of life that is shared by all.
Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD
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