All Wedge Staff and Members
We will be closed this Friday, June 19th in order to observe Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States
Representative Stephen Kinsey, Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said it best: “On Juneteenth, we commemorate the day when millions of African Americans were freed from the horrors of slavery. We also celebrate the continued education and achievement of African Americans, in the face of overwhelming discrimination and hardship. Today should be a reminder to us – as individuals, as institutions – to recommit to liberty, justice and equality, so we can move our nation forward, providing opportunities and promoting success for all.”
Mayor Kenney added an important note, in describing his decision to designate Juneteenth an official City holiday : “The only way to dismantle the institutional racism and inequalities that continue to disenfranchise Black Philadelphians is to look critically at how we got here, and make much-needed changes to the governmental systems that allow inequality to persist.”
Let us all take this day to celebrate freedom, to reflect on continued injustice, and to recommit to being agents of change.
Jason, for the management team