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: