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Honoring Juneteenth – Highlighting Community Contributions

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By Emma Eisler, People Operations Partner

As we celebrate the Juneteenth federal holiday, Streetsense recognizes this occasion to reflect and learn – about our history as a nation and how to grow from it. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the day in 1865 – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law – when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, to share that all enslaved people in Confederate states were free by executive decree.


Within our Uncommon Collective, we aspire to use our collective creativity to unlock better solutions — for our clients, for our employees and partners, and for the diverse communities and neighborhoods impacted by our work, and we are invested in ensuring Streetsense is an inclusive place where everyone can thrive.  As we honor Juneteenth by giving back to our community, we would like to highlight some of our local collaborators to emphasize the amazing work they are doing.


With Streetsense HQ located in the vibrant and historic Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, there is endless opportunity to connect with and learn from our community, one rich with diversity and Black history. As neighbors to the Howard Theatre – the “Theatre for the People” that has historically built opportunity for Black performers and community – we’re excited to partner with this significant institution to host our upcoming Streetmarket. The event brings together local artisans, shines a light on the amazing creative community in Washington, DC, and invites the community to engage with local makers, businesses, and the greater creative scene in DC.


While aiming to connect with the surrounding community through the production of Streetmarket, we have also had the opportunity to connect with and learn more about Shaw Main Streets – an excellent non-profit resource for the preservation and revitalization in Shaw’s commercial corridors, which supports local businesses and celebrates the neighborhood. Their mission to preserve and restore the diverse, historic environment of the neighborhood is accomplished through design, economic revitalization, organization, and promotion.


Additionally, we recently had the chance, via a company-wide Lunch & Learn, to learn from our Streetmarket non-profit partner Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). It was an invaluable opportunity to learn about the anti-racist and community building work they do in the Washington, DC area. WHC helps preserve affordable housing and increases economic mobility for working families – particularly African Americans and other residents of color – allowing residents to focus on the opportunity to build wealth.


We hope you will strive with us to learn, to be better every day, and to take action to make our world a better place – please take a moment to check out these pillars of our District and their varying contributions to create community, preserve Black history, and promote economic growth. Wishing everyone a fulfilling and reflective holiday honoring Juneteenth!


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