While Juneteenth marks an incredibly important step in Black American rights, it was just that – one step. Juneteenth celebrated slavery becoming illegal, but it did not do away with racism; not even close. And yet, the history and spirit of Juneteenth make me hopeful.
Chris Harrison is the writer/editor for Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism and an alumnus of the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. He earned his B.A. in English-Creative Writing and Film Studies at Miami University and his Certificate in Jewish Leadership through Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. A published essayist, Chris lives with his partner and four pets in metro Detroit, where he serves on Temple Beth El’s Audacious Hospitality group and the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen LGBTQA Pride Committee and the Hermelin Davidson Center for Congregational Excellence Committee.