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Celebrating Juneteenth: A Testament to Freedom and Resilience


As we approach Juneteenth, Cross Cultural Community Services (CCCS) proudly joins in the nationwide celebration of this pivotal moment in American history. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. This momentous day marks the true fulfillment of freedom in the United States and serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience and enduring spirit of the Black community.


At CCCS, a Black, woman-led organization dedicated to serving the BIPOC community in Portland, Maine, and across the state, Juneteenth holds special significance. Our mission—to promote social inclusion, improve equitable outcomes within systems, and address the social determinants of health for culturally and ethnically diverse communities through outreach, education, and advocacy—aligns seamlessly with the values that Juneteenth embodies.


Reflecting on Our Journey


Juneteenth is not only a time to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices of our ancestors but also a call to action to continue their legacy of resilience and perseverance. At CCCS, we are committed to advancing the cause of equity and justice in our community. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to:


  • Promote Social Inclusion: By creating spaces where all individuals, regardless of their background, feel valued and included, we work to build a more cohesive and supportive community.


  • Improve Equitable Outcomes: We focus on dismantling systemic barriers and ensuring that everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.


  • Address Social Determinants of Health: Recognizing that health is influenced by a range of social, economic, and environmental factors, we advocate for policies and practices that foster healthy, thriving communities.


Continuing the Legacy


As we celebrate Juneteenth, we are reminded of the importance of our work at CCCS. The fight for freedom and equality is ongoing, and it is through collective effort and unwavering commitment that we can create lasting change. We are proud to stand with our community and continue the legacy of those who fought for freedom and justice.


This Juneteenth, let us celebrate our shared history, recognize the progress we have made, and recommit ourselves to the work that lies ahead. Together, we can create a future where all people, regardless of their cultural or ethnic background, can thrive and succeed.


Happy Juneteenth from all of us at Cross Cultural Community Services!

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