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Juneteenth 2023

Jun 16, 2023

Kenny Imafidon

Vice President, Operational Excellence
Davidson Hospitality Group

Davidson Hospitality Group is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment that celebrates diversity and honors the historical and cultural significance of important dates like Juneteenth. This pivotal holiday holds immense importance for our industry, reminding us of the past, shaping our present, and guiding our future.

Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It serves as a powerful reminder of the struggles, resilience, and contributions of Black individuals throughout history. Recognizing Juneteenth allows us to acknowledge the injustices of the past and work towards a more just and inclusive society.

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The Hospitality industry thrives on diversity and the unique perspectives and talents that individuals from different backgrounds bring. By recognizing and commemorating Juneteenth, we demonstrate our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture that appreciates the contributions of all team members, regardless of their race or ethnicity. This inclusive approach enriches our workplace, enhances guest experiences, and strengthens our industry as a whole.

Juneteenth provides an excellent opportunity for education and awareness. It is essential for the Hospitality industry to engage in meaningful conversations about the history and significance of Juneteenth, both internally with our teams and externally with our guests. By educating ourselves and sharing this knowledge, we can deepen our understanding, challenge biases, and promote empathy and inclusivity within our industry.

Juneteenth offers an opportunity to connect with the community and support local initiatives. By actively participating in Juneteenth events, partnering with community organizations, or supporting relevant causes, we can build strong relationships, promote social justice, and contribute to positive change.

In addition to its cultural and historical significance, Juneteenth also aligns with sustainability efforts. By embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity within our industry, we promote a more equitable and resilient future. Supporting diverse suppliers, investing in minority-owned businesses, and implementing inclusive hiring practices are steps we can take to create a more sustainable and socially responsible industry.

Recognizing the importance of Juneteenth in the Hospitality industry is crucial for fostering inclusivity, celebrating diversity, and promoting positive change. By acknowledging the historical significance of Juneteenth, engaging in educational initiatives, embracing cultural appreciation, and actively supporting the community, we can create an industry that is truly welcoming and representative of all individuals. Let us seize this opportunity to honor the past, shape the present, and pave the way for a more equitable future within the Hospitality industry.