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WTW Analyst Calice Robins discusses Juneteenth

WTW Analyst Calice Robins discusses Juneteenth

 June 16, 2022

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Marking Juneteenth and reflecting on its importance

The company asked employee, Calice Robins, to share her thoughts on what Juneteenth means to her.

WTW Actuarial Analyst in Health & Benefits, Calice, describes Juneteenth as a holiday that "honors Black resilience and perseverance."

"Given today's climate," she continues, "it's vital to have bursts of joy and the celebration that this holiday brings," says Calice.

Honoring the end of slavery in the US

Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth”, marks the day when federal troops in the United States arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free. A century and a half later, people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the day, which is now a federal holiday within the United States.

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