Recognizing Juneteenth as a BECU Holiday
BECU will be closed Saturday, June 19, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth.
On June 17, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday. Celebrations include parades, festivals, family gatherings and more. Given BECU's commitment to becoming a more inclusive and equitable organization, we will recognize Juneteenth as an official company holiday, beginning this year.
What We're Recognizing
Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day and Freedom Day — commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army announced the end of slavery in Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued on January 1, 1863, it took over two years for the enforcement of the proclamation to take effect in Texas, one of the last states to come under control of the Union Army.
Juneteenth is an opportunity to reflect on the African American experience in our society and the lasting impact of slavery. It is a day to acknowledge progress and recognize the work that needs to be done to dismantle racism and truly realize racial equity.