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June 19 is “Juneteenth,” the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday dates back to 1865, and is the date on which the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the slaves were now free.

Juneteenth celebrates black freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. Forty-seven of the fifty states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, a day of observance. 

At Akerman, Juneteenth will be recognized as an annual firmwide paid holiday. In celebration of this holiday, Akerman employees are asked to make a personal commitment to take a definitive step to advance the ideals of racial justice. Together, our aim is to translate words into action and action into change.

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