Morning Report: Observing Juneteenth

Sourdough Sam

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Mar 20, 2019

To Move Forward, We Must Understand Our Past​

49ers Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Christina Jefferson shares her history with Juneteenth and reflects on why it's a missing piece in the educational system.

"As a kid I didn't know anything about Juneteenth. In fact, I'm not even sure I had heard of the holiday. I grew up in the Midwest, a child of a mixed-race (Black, Native American and Irish) mother and a Black father.

"I grew up knowing my grandparents moved from Virginia to St. Louis so my grandmother could teach chemistry, but I didn't think much about it as a child. It wasn't until adulthood that I learned of a letter she wrote to the editor of a Richmond, Virginia newspaper in reference to an advertisement for a laboratory specialist asking, 'Why does not the state consider a qualified Negro for the position?' My grandmother graduated cum laude and was 'qualified for this position in every way except one — her complexion.'"

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