Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863.
If you’re asking what you can do to support this important day, consider watching a webinar by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), “Diversity and Inclusion on Air: Black Lives Matter in Veterinary Medicine.” The webinar is hosted by AAVMC’s Lisa Greenhill, PhD, and features Dr. Michael Blackwell, Director or Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Cara Williams, one of the founders of the Multicultural VMA, Dr. Tyra Davis, board member for the National Association of Black Veterinarians, and Dr. Tierra Price, founder of the Black DVM Network. They talk about being Black and being veterinarians, and they share personal and sometimes painful experiences and realities and how they cope with racism. In the end, they are hopeful that this moment in our history leads to meaningful change.
To watch the webinar, visit YouTube with this link.
Posted June 19, 2020