Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom

June 19, 2021

June 19 is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally heard through Union Army General Gordon Granger that they were free -- two months after the end of the Civil War and two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  June 19, therefore, became the actual day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.

To learn more about Juneteenth and ways to celebrate, check out these resources.



For nearly 100 years, Goodwill of Orange County has been an advocate for people facing barriers to employment. Helping our community and our Goodwill team find and access opportunity is a part of the fabric of our organization. As we look to the future and gaze inward at our own organizational culture, our commitment to advocacy continues with a sharp focus on inclusivity, diversity, equity and access. We will provide trainings, resources and opportunities to all team members to further our understanding and collective learnings in these areas. Our goal is to create a workplace culture where all team members, regardless of gender, race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or background, feel valued, respected and able to succeed.