Dear Albany Leadership Students and Families:
In honor of the observance of Juneteenth, Albany Leadership will be closed this Friday, June 18th. As we look forward to and prepare to celebrate Juneteenth 2021, let us be reminded of its meaning and importance. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slavery in America on June 19th, 1865. In 2020, Governor Cuomo designated Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State. The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”
While Juneteenth is a day for celebrations, it is also a time for reflection and conversation about African American history, and the history of America as a nation. In recent years, interest in the day that celebrates freedom has been renewed, particularly following the nationwide protests and calls for police reform after the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans. We encourage all to engage in dialogue centered around race and equality and to contribute meaningfully to the conversation in a positive way.
As we use this day to self-reflect, let us acknowledge and recognize the freedom and achievements of the African American community. And, as the official Juneteenth flag represents, let us celebrate new opportunities, a new future, and a new beginning, once again.
Remain safe and have a great weekend everyone.
Cariña D. Cook,