June 19, 1865, is the day when word of emancipation finally reached Black people who were enslaved in Texas — two months after the Civil War ended and two years after slavery was abolished. Since then, Juneteenth has been recognized as the official end of slavery in the United States, and today we honor the legacy of those who fought for freedom.
But despite slavery ending more than 150 years ago, systemic racism continues for Black people and other people of color, including discrimination in housing, transportation, education, and employment. The planning and public policy professions have contributed to these inequities, including racial segregation, redlining, and discriminatory zoning codes.
While we commemorate this historic day, we also recognize that we have much more work to do. Here at CMAP, we are committed to advancing equity and justice in our communities, incorporating it into our comprehensive plan for the region. Learn more about the historical legacy of Juneteenth, the importance of celebrating the holiday, and ways you can celebrate this year.