Greetings Hilbert Community,
The month of June is usually a time to celebrate significant events, milestones, and movements, specifically as they relate to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Some of these celebrations include Pride, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and Juneteenth. Pride month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights, the ongoing pursuit of equal justice, and the accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and pansexual (LGBTQIAP+) community. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrates Puerto Rican culture, heritage, arts, achievements, and legacy with music and dance. Additionally, the Juneteenth festival has been commemorated as a day to celebrate the abolishment of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States. Celebrations typically include religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings, and festivals that emphasize education and the achievements of African Americans.
However, lesser-known achievements include Native American Citizenship Day, National Loving Day, Caribbean American Heritage Month and Race Unity Day. Native American Citizenship Day commemorates a day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans born in the United States. National Loving Day, celebrates the anniversary of the historic court decision honoring interracial marriage and Caribbean American Heritage Month, recognizes the significant contributions of Caribbean culture and history in the United States. Last, is Race Unity Day. This day raises awareness regarding the importance of racial harmony and understanding.
As we honor and celebrate these wonderful milestones, let us take a moment to reflect on what it took to implement such historic movements. Let us continue to push forward by living a life that embodies our Franciscan core values; focusing on cultivating a community that is committed to service, respect, integrity, and compassion. Let us not get weary in well doing, but let us remember that our struggles make us stronger, gives us hope, and help us see what can be accomplished when we unite and work together to cultivate change.
Let us never forget that inclusivity, and unity will help us prevail.