Juneteenth is an important day in American history honoring a step toward the end of slavery in the United States.
At Blue Shield of California, we are pleased to celebrate Juneteenth as a national holiday. Our corporate offices will be closed on June 19, in observation of the Juneteenth National Independence Day to provide our employees time off to celebrate and reflect. We encourage everyone to take this day as an opportunity to show solidarity by volunteering their time and resources to support Black community members. We also encourage our people to honor this day by celebrating, educating, and learning more about the significance of this important day.
Check out our video featuring our Black Employee Network Employee Resource Group as they speak about the meaning of Juneteenth.
There are a variety of resources available to increase your knowledge about the significance of Juneteenth and the ongoing work towards freedom and equality in the United States, including the titles listed below. For additional resources, visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Books to read for Juneteenth:
- Four Hundred Souls by: Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain
- Shoutin’ in the Fire by: Dante Stewart
- A Little Devil in America by: Hanif Abdurraqib
- The Warmth of Other Suns by: Isabel Wilkerson
- How to Be an Antiracist by: Ibram X. Kendi
- The 1619 Project by: Nikole Hannah-Jones
- Between the World and Me by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Homegoing by: Yaa Gyasi
- Caste by: Isabel Wilkerson
- I’m Still Here by: Austin Channing Brown
- Stony the Road by: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- Dear Martin by: Nic Stone
- Hood Feminism by: Mikki Kendall
- Juneteenth by: Ralph Ellison
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by: Bryan Stevenson
- Invisible Man by: Ralph Ellison
- The Fire Next Time by: James Baldwin