June 18, 2024

Juneteenth is a time to celebrate Black culture and achievements but also to recognize the ongoing struggles for racial justice. It is a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, honor ancestors who fought for freedom, and renew our commitment to dismantling the systems of oppression that still exist today. This day is not just a historical milestone: It is a powerful reminder of the resilience and courage of Black Americans, and our relentless pursuit of justice.

As an organization whose mission is to improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions, our work has a commitment to Racial, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or as we call it REDI. I co-chair the REDI committee at FRAC and the values embedded in Juneteeth are aligned with our commitment to REDI all year long.

REDI to Work

Over the past two years, FRAC’s REDI Committee has made significant strides in fostering an inclusive and equitable environment within the organization. Some of our key initiatives include:

  • providing support and tools such as an online resource library with books, videos, publications, webinars, and more.
  • being inclusive of various perspectives by conducting staff feedback surveys, holding mid-year check ins, and exploring pathways to address REDI concerns in the workplace.
  • celebrating progress but being mindful of the challenges ahead
  • establishing mechanisms to show staff appreciation.
  • developing a hiring manual that underscores equal opportunity for all staff.

By acknowledging our history and striving for a more just and equitable future through FRAC’s REDI work, we honor the spirit of Juneteenth and the legacy of those who fought for freedom. Let us use this day as a method for continued progress and unity in our mission to end hunger and build a more inclusive society.