Juneteenth will forever be a holiday at Kabbage
Kabbage will now and always recognize Juneteenth as a company holiday. The day is a celebration of emancipation, which began the rightful, yet still incomplete, journey to provide black Americans equality in America.
Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law on June 1, 1863, freedom for all slaves was not fully realized until June 19, 1865, when the last slaves in Galveston, Texas were informed. Juneteenth marks the moment when the law and promise to abolish slavery was actually fulfilled.
In that spirit, we will forever honor this day and ensure that this holiday is met with action to enact change. Although a small gesture, we believe it’s critical to observe Juneteenth and encourage our team to spend more time supporting, promoting, and elevating black history and black communities.
Kabbage calls upon others to join in the celebration of Juneteenth. Participate in local events, learn more about black history, support organizations seeking racial equality, and buy from black-owned small businesses in your community.
“Recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday in our country is a very small step in the right direction, one that is woefully overdue,” said Kabbage co-founder and president Kathryn Petralia. “Advancing anti-racism, racial equity and equality, and the Black Lives Matter movement requires all forms of change and this is one way to make progress.”