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BGSF Celebrates Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America; it’s one of the oldest celebrations for African-Americans, dating back to the 1800s.

On June 19, 1865, a full two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. Approximately 250,000 Texan slaves had no idea that their freedom had been secured by the government.

155 years later, we at BGSF will be joining people across the U.S. in celebrating and recognizing Juneteenth (June 19th) by taking the afternoon off to rest, reflect, share, learn, and act.

Our offices will be closing at noon and our hope is that those at BGSF use this time to further their understanding, empathy, and awareness of racial injustice in our country.

Ways to spend the day…

Reflection and rest:


Take action:

This year’s celebration resonates in new ways, and we ask that you take this day to find your voice, find your power, and do something that takes you out of your comfort zone.

At BGSF, we don’t have all the answers, but we have a voice. And so, do you, we hope that you all use your own unique gifts to fill this day with celebration, reflection, learning, educating, and most importantly, growing.

All are welcome to participate, contribute, and help lead the conversation!