Leadership Communications

Juneteenth: What, Why, How?

Why Mesirow recognizes Juneteenth, and how we are advancing toward equity

Considered the longest-running African American holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. Short for “June nineteenth,” the holiday marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 – more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation – and ensured the population that all enslaved people be freed. The day is celebrated with family gatherings and in some cities, parades and festivals.

Juneteenth is important to our employees, clients and communities because of its historical significance as well as the opportunity it provides to reflect on the work still to be done. Mesirow is recognizing the day through a company-wide holiday, and we encourage our employees to spend time giving to their communities and with family.

As a firm, we remain committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and we prize the many ways in which diverse thought and experience drive our cultural, and our commercial, success. This Juneteenth and beyond, our DEI Council and the people of Mesirow will continue to advance DEI across our workforce, suppliers and industry as we also work to serve clients, spark positive lasting change in our communities, and enrich our culture.

Richard S. Price, Chairman and CEO
and the Mesirow Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

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