This Friday, all Teads offices across the US and UK will join a number of organisations and businesses and close our doors (both real and virtual) to respect Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
This is a landmark moment in American history. Few single events have had such profound effects that are so keenly felt today, but that announcement only helped to start our long and fraught journey towards equality for African Americans. The fractures in society from the 1800’s weren’t evaporated in that moment, they may have morphed and be less overt than they were 200 years ago, but they are still prevalent across the US and beyond. A gap has developed in our self-awareness about the impact history has had on us, which has led us to where we are today.
For those of us living with privilege, 2020 was a re-realisation of that gap. The death of George Floyd that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement around the world surfaced how much work we still have to do. And while change is happening, this journey is very much a work in progress and we need to be relentless in our push towards a place and time of true equality.
By asking our teams to step away from laptops and phones for a day, we’re giving them the space and time to consider what change they can make. To reflect on how they can impact the world around them, what capacity they have to learn and how they can contribute to progress every day.
We hope you’ll be doing the same.
Jim Daily, North America CEO & Global President