As founder and CEO of AngeLink, a free crowdfunding platform that aims to build community and support impactful causes, I believe it’s important to approach Juneteenth’s celebration with thoughtfulness, respect, and a desire to honor its significance.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It reminds us of freedom, resilience, and the ongoing struggle for equality. As we celebrate Juneteenth, it is crucial to do so in ways that uplift and respect the African American community and acknowledge its historical and cultural importance.

1. Educate Yourself and Others

The first step in thoughtfully celebrating Juneteenth is to understand the historical context and significance. I’m proud that AngeLink’s platform was built on the principles of supporting underserved communities,  and I see this as an opportunity to foster awareness and understanding among our users. Share articles, books, documentaries, and personal stories that highlight the rich history and contributions of African Americans. By educating ourselves and others, we can promote a more informed and empathetic society.

2. Support Black-Owned Businesses

Economic empowerment is a shared responsibility. Supporting Black-owned businesses is a tangible way to honor the legacy of African American entrepreneurship and resilience. At AngeLink, we have seen firsthand the power of community support in lifting up small businesses and entrepreneurs. This Juneteenth, make a conscious effort to seek out and support Black-owned businesses in your community or online. Whether it’s buying products, using services, or promoting a black-owend business through social media, every action helps create a more equitable economic landscape.

3. Participate in Local Events

Many communities host Juneteenth events, such as parades, festivals, educational panels, and cultural performances. Participating in these events is a great way to celebrate and show support. It’s an opportunity to engage with the community, learn from diverse perspectives, and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of African Americans. 

4. Reflect and Engage in Dialogue

Juneteenth is also a time for reflection and dialogue. Take a moment to reflect on the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done to achieve true equality. Engage in conversations about race and justice. At AngeLink, we value open and honest communication, and I believe that having these discussions is crucial for growth and understanding. Create spaces, whether at work or in your personal life, where these important conversations can take place.

5. Donate to Relevant Causes

Supporting organizations that work towards racial justice and equality is another impactful way to celebrate. Consider donating to nonprofits, advocacy groups, community organizations, and individual causes that are making a difference. AngeLink hosts many campaigns that align with these values, and Juneteenth is an ideal time to contribute and get involved. Your financial support can help drive meaningful change and support dozens of initiatives.

Group of young people chatting and laughing on a rooftop party.

Celebrating Juneteenth thoughtfully involves education, economic support, community engagement, and philanthropy. As we honor this significant day, let’s commit to actions that promote understanding, equality, and lasting positive change. 

Gerry Poirier

Founder and CEO