As we approach the middle of June, a day carries historical significance for the U.S., particularly for the Black community – Juneteenth — observed annually on June 19. I want to take this moment to acknowledge the importance of this day and its meaning in our collective journey toward justice, equity, and freedom.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally received the news of their emancipation, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This delay in reaching the last group of enslaved people underscores a painful truth — the path to freedom and equality is long and often arduous.
Being a part of Silicon Valley for my entire career, I’ve witnessed incredible technological advances. But alongside these developments, I’ve also seen the challenges of systemic inequality. Like many others, the tech industry continues to grapple with the disparities ingrained in our society, and I believe we have a responsibility to actively work toward changing this.
At Televerde, we walk the talk. We believe in providing opportunities to all, especially those overlooked by society. Our commitment to partnering with incarcerated women and hiring those talented individuals who seek a second chance is not just a strategy — it’s a testament to our values. We believe in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot regardless of their background or circumstance.
Much like the spirit of Juneteenth, our work here is a celebration of freedom — the freedom to grow, learn, and contribute positively to our society. But we must remember that freedom isn’t just about breaking physical chains; it’s also about dismantling the barriers of prejudice, bias, and injustice.
So, as we recognize Juneteenth, let’s remember its historical significance and acknowledge the work that remains. Let’s recommit ourselves to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in our everyday actions. Let’s honor the spirit of Juneteenth by creating a work environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.
Before I close, I want to remind everyone that starting this year, Televerde will observe Juneteenth and honor the occasion with a day off on Monday, June 19, for our U.S. teams. This will allow us to pause collectively, reflect, and engage in meaningful activities that promote awareness and understanding of the Black experience and the ongoing fight for racial justice.
Thank you for making Televerde an example of inclusion, hope, and second chances.
“If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.” — James Baldwin