Honoring Juneteenth: AACAP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Washington, DC, June 18, 2024 - As we observe Juneteenth, we honor a crucial moment in our nation’s history—the day when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865. This day not only marks the end of 250 years of slavery in the United States, but it also commemorates the resilience and prevailing spirit of the millions of children, women, and men who were enslaved.

Today, we recommit to our mission of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Through AACAP’s programs and services, we promote the equitable delivery of and access to mental health resources and compassionate care for all children, adolescents, and their families, regardless of their identity, race, or ethnicity. AACAP reflects on our history, recognizes the challenges that have been overcome, and celebrates the progress toward a more inclusive society.

We honor the significant contributions of African Americans to our field and highlight the critical need to ensure a more diverse mental health workforce for future generations. Greater diversity within our workforce helps to enhance mental health outcomes for all children and adolescents. Our commitment is to create a future where every young person can receive the mental health care they deserve in an environment that values their experiences and identity.

AACAP remains dedicated to leading the charge for a more inclusive and equitable mental health landscape. We are committed to amplifying the voices of minoritized and marginalized communities, ensuring everyone feels valued, heard, and empowered.

On this Juneteenth, we express our deep gratitude for the opportunity to serve children, families, and communities. Our dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is not just a statement—it is an active part of our daily work.

Thank you for being part of this essential journey. Together, we are building a brighter, more equitable future where every child and family can thrive.


Tami Benton, MD
President, AACAP