Today is June 19th—also known as Juneteenth. For those who might not know, Juneteenth honors and celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is considered the longest running African American holiday and has been called America’s second Independence Day. Let’s all pause today and acknowledge the deep historical impact of this day for us all. As a United team, we will take the time to consider what each of us can do to take steps to help create positive change and inclusivity at United and in our communities. We encourage our customers and members of our communities to do the same. Together, we know we can be a force for good in every community where United has a presence.
Many companies have announced recently that they are making today an official holiday or are closing early. While we agree with the reason for their action, and wish we had considered it earlier, we didn’t feel we had enough time to adequately communicate with, and prepare, our customers and branches to be able to close in honor of Juneteenth this year. The leadership team and “The Power of U” Diversity and Inclusion Council are considering adding June 19 to our holiday list moving forward.
We are encouraging our United team members to celebrate this historic day by learning more about racial issues in our country, listening to those who have faced injustice and reflecting on the past and the future of our nation, and invite you to do the same. Now is truly the time for our community to come together, for good.
Thank you for being a part of the United community.