A special message from GCAAR President
Danai Mattison Sky
“I truly hope that what we see playing out around us
continues to open our eyes to the problems, to the solutions and to how we can
promote and make change together. May we all make leading with compassion and
empathy a priority.”
I said this on June 2, as our nation began on its
transformative path toward advocating for racial and social justice and
equality in a way that history has never seen.
There is no question that all Americans are entitled to be
treated with dignity and respect. Racism has no place in our society. As
REALTORS®, our Code of Ethics reinforces this in governing us to treat people
fairly and equitably as we serve our communities.
Juneteenth—GCAAR is joining the country in celebrating the symbolic end of
slavery, while also taking the opportunity to make sure the conversation
doesn’t end here.
At GCAAR, we exist to serve our members, which includes
providing education to encourage professional and personal growth. So we’ve
compiled this webpage comprising information about Juneteenth and suggestions
for small steps you can take to make a big difference in the midst of this
I encourage you to review this new resource page and share it with others. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our current environment and re-commit to the core principles that make us “Who We R.” Together, we can create positive change as we continue to promote equal treatment for all.
Danai Mattison Sky
2020 GCAAR President
This day is celebrated annually on June 19th, commemorating the end of slavery in America.
The holiday dates back 155 years. On June 19, 1865, a band of Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and were greeted with the news that the enslaved were now free, and that the war had ended. This news was delivered over two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued on January 1, 1863.
We’ve put together a resource guide to help you celebrate and honor the importance of the day.
1. Learn more about this important day in America’s history.
2. Celebrate Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned Businesses across the country or in your neighborhood.
3. Learn more about art created by African Americans, such as the Miss Juneteenth film.
4. Juneteenth is often referred to as “Freedom Day.” Learn more from How Stuff Works.
5. Learn more about the African American minds behind some of the most common objects in our lives.
6. Listen to Lift Every Voice and Sing, a song which has been deemed by many to be the “Black National Anthem.”
7. Want to enjoy a book about Juneteenth? Learn more from this Juneteenth reading list.
8. Juneteenth celebrations can’t be stopped by COVID-19. Here are a few examples of how to take your celebration virtual:
9. Take this time to learn and reflect on this historic day and how we can continue the celebration of African Americans in our communities.