Every June 19th, Americans across the country commemorate Juneteenth — an annual holiday memorializing the end of slavery in the United States. It honors the exact day at the end of the Civil War when Union soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas and read President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to the public — June 19, 1865.
Because this is an important historical and cultural milestone that also reflects our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we don’t just recognize this date, we also observe it as a company holiday. So that our team members can commemorate Juneteenth in their own unique, personal ways, our offices will be closed on Monday, June 20th.
“We honor Juneteenth to affirm our commitment to human rights as a universal right and to the struggle for freedom, equality and inclusion. At a time where basic human rights are increasingly under attack, it is critical that we reflect and act,” says Jackie Hazan, Hydrow Chief People Officer
We believe that creating true equality in our country is one of the most important things we can do as a society. This date, which marks a monumental point in American history, is an opportunity to not just acknowledge where we have been but where we still need to go. The fight is not over and we continue our commitment to work even harder to cultivate inclusivity for all.
To once again participate in a special Juneteenth row, search in your Hydrow on-demand library for Aquil’s June 19th, 2021: 15-min Drive “Jubilee Row” from Philadelphia. Share your own story of how you and your family observe this important national holiday with us on social media and in Facebook Training Camp using @Hydrow #Hydrow.