Today we commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. While a joyful celebration, the end of slavery has not stopped systemic racism or the oppression of African Americans. From voting rights, civil rights, to George Floyd, we stand in unity at 180 Degrees with all of our brothers and sisters. From justice reform to ending sexual exploitation, we are committed to the cause of freedom.
In honor of this day going forward and as a reminder each year at 180 Degrees, this day shall be added as an official holiday for 2021 and beyond.
Chief Executive Officer
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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
For over thirty years, CEO Dan Pfarr has been on the front lines of the human services community, working to lift-up youth, adults, and families in crisis. His focus on trauma-informed care helps shape the direction of 180 Degrees and inspire a team of nearly one hundred employees. As a multi-cultural organization with staff and clients who have suffered a life of prejudice and inequality, 180 Degrees continues prioritizing discussion and action against a system of racial injustice.