As agencies recognize Juneteenth, Black employees say commitment to change has to go beyond a day off

Today, many companies and agencies across the nation will recognize Juneteenth for the first time. The holiday is a celebration of the emancipation from slavery in the U. S. — while the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, news of the proclamation was not delivered to enslaved people in Texas until two-and-a-half years later on June 19th, 1865 — that has not been commemorated previously by many companies and agencies.   This year, employees at Omnicom and Dentsu as well as several agencies IPG, WPP and Publicis Groupe agencies, have Juneteenth off this year. Independent shops like Oberland and Dagger have also committed to taking the day off for reflection and celebration annually.

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