Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC officially celebrated the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021, with a special program featuring Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett. Dr. Pritchett is an esteemed activist and mentor who currently serves as the Senior Adviser to Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of Seton Hall University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program. In 2016, he was a recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement award from President Barack Obama for dedicating his life's work to fighting discrimination against African Americans.
The celebration of Juneteenth follows the establishment of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of legal slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1,1863, the news did not reach enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, until June 19,1865, where it was met with shock and jubilation. In fact, between the time of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and Juneteenth in 1865, an estimated 250,000 slaves could still be found in this country.
The newly-freed people in Galveston celebrated after the announcement, and thefollowing year, the freed people organized the first of what became the annual celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June 19 in Texas. With time, the annual celebration spread from the Black community in Texas to the rest of the United States. Juneteenth celebrations focus on education, history, self-improvement, culture, and pride.
Chasan Lamparello remains committed to identifying meaningful ways to build an inclusive environment and lead the legal profession. As part of its diversity initiative, the firm is expanding resources dedicated to recruiting, training, retaining and promoting personnel and attorneys from different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.