We decided to start this challenge on Juneteenth, which is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It celebrates African American freedom and promotes knowledge and appreciation of history and culture. As we celebrate how far we’ve come, we also recognize that the deep scars of slavery still exists in systems and people.
Systemic racism prohibits minorities from achieving safety, wealth, quality of education and much more. In this land of the free and the home of the brave, in this country where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed, that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” we uphold and stand with our community to recommit to dismantling injustice and remind those with privilege and power that all non-binary, cis and trans gendered men and women; Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other, They, Them and Their are all created equal.