June 19 will now be a statutory holiday in the United States for its two companies, Twitter and Square.
It will be “a day of celebration, education and connection”. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey announced on Tuesday that June 19, the American holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery, would now be a holiday in the United States for his two companies, Twitter and Square, “forever”.
His announcement comes as the United States is shaken by a wave of protests against racism and police violence, after the death of George Floyd, a black American asphyxiated by a white police officer two weeks ago.
Both Twitter and Square are making #Juneteenth (June 19th) a company holiday in the US, forevermore. A day for celebration, education, and connection.https: //t.co/xmR3fWMiRs
– jack (@jack) June 9, 2020
On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to African American slaves in Texas, the last Confederate state to have freed slaves after the end of the Civil War.
The “Juneteenth” (contraction of June and 19 in English) is already a holiday in Texas and is commemorated almost everywhere in the country.
“Countries and regions of the world have their own dates to celebrate emancipation and we will work to make them corporate holidays wherever we are present”added Jack Dorsey.