This year, Midpen Media honored Juneteenth by dedicating the entire week of June 19th to education, research, and reflection on our social media outlets. The necessity of acknowledging and understanding our country’s long and inexcusable history of violence and racism is especially important at this point in history as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to demonstrate and call for an end to systemic racism. Keeping our ear to the national conversation, we cultivated and shared news articles, passionate think pieces, and historically-grounded videos to engage with and inform our community. We hope these steps toward better understanding the existence and too-recent denouncement of slavery on the timeline of American history will inspire thoughtful conversation. We also hope that our community will take empowered next steps toward building a future that will not tolerate prejudice or cruelty and instead grows into a celebration of freedom and diversity.