Companies Celebrating Juneteenth

Friday, 19 June 2020 11:02
Juneteenth, a blend of the words June and nineteenth, honors the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it marks the day in 1865 that Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves there that the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished.

To honor the holiday, which is today, some companies are giving employees a paid day off while others, like General Motors, are observing moments of silence. The company decisions to recognize the holiday come after the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. His death has spurred widespread protests around the world, with demonstrators and lawmakers urging police reform.

Here is a running list of the companies that promised to recognize Juneteenth:

Adobe

Allstate

Best Buy

Fiat Chrysler

Ford Motor

General Motors

Google

J.C. Penney

JPMorgan

Lyft

Mastercard

NFL

Nike

Postmates

Spotify

Target

Twitter and Square

Uber

The New York Times

Vox Media
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