Juneteenth 2023: Black & Thriving


Joel Bernardin, Leria Miles, Trecia McDonald

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  • ACA News

At ACA, we believe in the power of commemorating significant moments in history and celebrating the achievements and resilience of minority communities. As we reflect on the successful Black History Month celebrations led by our Connected Black Professionals (CBP) employee resource group (ERG), we are thrilled to extend our focus on the theme "Black & Thriving " for the commemoration of Juneteenth 2023. This historical event highlights not only the significance of its connection to slaves in Texas finally receiving word that they were free (two years after President Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation), but also the fact that regardless of our current economic uncertainty, political climate, and push towards basic civil rights for all Black Americans – WE THRIVE.

  • We THRIVE in the face of adversity
  • We THRIVE regardless of gender
  • We THRIVE no matter what political party is in office
  • We THRIVE no matter where we live
  • We THRIVE in any economic climate
  • We THRIVE in the face of oppression
  • We THRIVE because we believe wholeheartedly in our culture, our family, and our freedom

Each year, we focus on the enduring struggle for freedom, equality, and justice for Black Americans. Though these are real struggles that each of us face every day, there lies a certain optimism; an optimism that no matter what, we can and will push forward and make progress. In our community, we salute those who defied oppression and stood strong against adversity. Led by our speakers Dr. Christel Temple, and ShaWanna Renee Rivon, this year's Black History Month celebrations focused on black resistance. Through engaging conversations and thought-provoking presentations, we delved into the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans throughout history. Yet no matter the struggles we heard, the sorrow we had, or the anger we may have felt, the stories ended the same – WE THRIVE.

Today, ACA continues its dialogue on equality and social justice. Juneteenth serves as a reminder that progress towards equal rights must be pursued with unwavering determination. Thriving isn’t easy, but it is necessary in the face of adversity. We must, regardless of gender, race, or religion, work together to create a more inclusive and equitable society. Today, ACA celebrates the Black Americans in our communities who THRIVE each day, in the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Role of ACA's Connected Black Professionals

Our Connected Black Professionals employee resource group plays a vital role in fostering a positive and inclusive environment at ACA. By providing a platform for black employees to connect, share concerns, and collaborate on initiatives, the CBP group contributes to the overall growth and well-being of our diverse workforce. Through awareness campaigns, philanthropic endeavors, and talent acquisition efforts, CBP continues to enrich our firm's culture and champion the talents and strengths of our black employees. Our CBP ERG team encourages our employees to connect with the community during Juneteenth by visiting local public libraries hosting live performances, film screenings, author talks, and special exhibitions. By actively engaging with these cultural events, we can foster a deeper understanding of black history and its significance in shaping our society.

ACA’s Commitment to Equality

At ACA, we are committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality within our organization and beyond. We actively strive to create a healthy and inclusive work environment where every individual feels empowered and valued. Our nondiscrimination policy extends to all aspects of employment, and we continuously seek opportunities to enhance our programs and initiatives that foster a culture of inclusivity.