Over the past year, the United States has experienced a profound shift that has been long overdue. The anti-racism protests have catalyzed international uprisings, provoking necessary conversations around policing practices and the systematic oppression of people of color in this country that has existed for over 400 years.
As a result, we have seen unprecedented responses from organizations all over the United States, publicly condemning murders and other horrendous acts of violence perpetrated against said persons, while expressing plans to "do better," and recognizing that black lives do indeed matter.
Morning Light Inc is one of those organizations whose fundamental principle has been to always serve and employ persons without discrimination, based upon race, color, national origin, citizen status, or any other characteristic protected by law. In their endeavor to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, they also wanted to continue to learn to recognize, address, and repair various mindsets that have plagued our society. As a result, Morning Light has selected its first leadership team comprised of five talented women, four of whom are women of color.
Fortunately, this week also presents the opportunity to learn about Juneteenth. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the effective end of slavery in 1865. Months after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, federal troops arrived in Texas and told enslaved people that they had been freed. Many salves chose to stay where they felt "safe," but others chose freedom at whatever cost.
Women of color have experienced their own "Emancipation" in the workplace. Some had been working in a position so long, that they had become accustomed to being where they were; they felt "safe" with no hopes or thoughts of advancement, and then there were others who continue to work tirelessly waiting and wondering when their time would come. Today, the opportunities for women of color are limitless.
So for those of you that are still waiting...get yourself together! The troops have arrived and the wait is over! Emancipation has come!
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