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The Cradle Honors Juneteenth

The Cradle Honors Juneteenth

Friday, June 19th is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In observance of Juneteenth, The Cradle will close at noon on the 19th to encourage our team members to learn about and reflect upon this day and its significance.  

We are in the midst of an enormously important moment in our nation’s history. A spotlight has been shown on the systemic racial inequity that remains so pervasive and that is built into the fabric of our society. The decision to close early is an actionable demonstration that The Cradle stands with and supports our Black colleagues, our Black clients and families, and our Black community members. 

Below are some resources, along with some actions that you may consider:

 - https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth

 - https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/

 - Be courageous enough to reflect on your own unconscious biases, especially race-based biases.

 - Learn about how systemic racism influences the systems that impact your family – your schools, your health care providers, your places of work, for instance.

Our words and actions matter. When we don’t speak and don’t act, that silence and inaction matters, too. We must do better. We will do better.

Kim Perez,
President & CEO, The Cradle