Honoring Pride Month and Juneteenth

June 6, 2024

The month of June holds two significant celebrations that resonate deeply with our mission of promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. This month, we honor Pride Month and Juneteenth, two pivotal observances that embody the spirit of freedom, recognition, and celebration. 

Pride Month is a vibrant tribute to the resilience and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, and a time to acknowledge the history of Pride Month that commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York. It is also a time to celebrate community and the right to live authentically. The festivities this month are powerful affirmations of identity and solidarity, reminding us of the progress made and the work that remains in our pursuit of equity, particularly given the bills introduced and laws passed that impact higher education and our LGBTQ+ communities. 

Juneteenth is a profound celebration of freedom and persistence. It is a moment to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of those who fought for liberation, and recognition of those enslaved in Texas, who were freed by the U.S. Army two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in this country, and like Pride Month, a reminder that we must continue to strive for justice and equity in all areas of our society. 

In today’s political climate, it is crucial to remember these celebrations are not only about recognizing past and present injustices but also about renewing our commitment to building a more equitable future. By celebrating these milestones, we reaffirm our dedication to creating inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive, irrespective of their identity.

Let us use this month to inspire renewed dedication to our mission. As we celebrate, let’s also reflect on the importance of our work and the collective action required to ensure equity for all. 


Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D.
President and CEO, NADOHE