Juneteenth and SLAC
June 29, 2018
 

(iStockphoto.com/Giuseppe Ramos)
 
On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas. It was two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had come into effect across the Confederated States of America, but this day – “Juneteenth” – became a national symbol for the ending of slavery in the U.S.
 
Juneteenth is important because it not only acknowledges the end of slavery, but it also gives us the opportunity to consciously think about our efforts to create a more just and equal society for everyone. 
 
There are many people at SLAC who have contributed significantly to making our environment more diverse and inclusive. One such individual is Al Ashley, who was recently profiled by the lab for his advocacy of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. He tirelessly pushed for better recruiting practices, greater opportunities for advancement, and was even involved in planning huge Juneteenth celebrations at SLAC for many years. 
 
Between 1989 and 2012, SLAC held annual Juneteenth celebrations for the lab under the guidance of a volunteer committee. Though many of the event organizers have recently retired, we want to be clear that the lab is still supportive of Juneteenth and what it stands for. 
 
Planning for Juneteenth 2019
The next CORE meeting on July 12 will include discussions on how we could celebrate Juneteenth next year. We’d like to invite anyone interested in finding out more or getting involved to join us in the Berryessa Conference Room (B53-2002) at noon.
 
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