Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of both Twitter and Square, has announced that the companies will be honoring June 19th as Juneteeth – a holiday.
Dorsey tweeted on Tuesday that both companies will honor Juneteenth as a company holiday in the U.S..
“We will do the work to make those dates company holidays everywhere we are present,” he wrote.
Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19, is the day many African-Americans celebrate their emancipation from slavery in the U.S.
It was on June 19th, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read the the Emancipation Proclamation to African-Americans.
Twitter and Square will honor the holiday every year moving forward, Dorsey said.
According to a company spokeswoman, Twitter is working to identify what days make the most sense to celebrate the end of slavery in other countries where the company has offices.
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