June 19th (Juneteenth), 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, is the day in US history when Northern troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were freed. It is also a date that has often been drastically overlooked throughout our country’s history.
This year, Guest Services commemorated the national holiday by holding a luncheon at our very own Columbia Island Marina outside of Washington, DC. We also used this date as a platform to launch our new African American Employee Resource Group.
“It was a momentous occasion for Guest Services as we continue to live up to our 2022 pledge of expanding our DEI programs. We remain committed to having these important conversations, providing the necessary resources our team members need to thrive, and recognizing significant cultural events,” said Lajuana Warren, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Event attendees included Nico Foris, Chief Executive Officer; Dan Stoltzfus, Chief Financial Officer; Rick Wayland, Vice President of Operations; Jeff Ritter, Senior Director of Corporate Compliance; Jennifer Gafford, Director of Human Resources; Bill Briggs, Director of Safety & Security; as well as Guest Services team members from all over the area.
Thank you to all those who were involved in putting together the event and to those who attended. We look forward to our next celebration!
In June 2022, the Guest Services team celebrated a ribbon-cutting event in honor of the grand opening of the brand new Doho Cafe at Doheny State Beach in California. In attendance were Joe Muller, Dana Point Mayor; Scott Kibbey, California State Parks Superintendent; Orkun Baydar, the cafe’s General Manager; Mike Lutz, the cafe’s Executive Chef; and many other team members and locals.
As the only on-the-beach café in Southern California, Doho Cafe is an exceptionally unique spot for guests to grab breakfast, lunch, or a cold beverage while enjoying its gorgeous location.
Learn more about this exciting new Guest Services managed location at their website.
Congratulations to the team for a successful launch!
“There Is No American History Without African American History,”
– Sara Clarke Kaplan, executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.
Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History”
On September 9, 1915, Carter G. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which later became the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), with a mission to celebrate and record Black History. From the creation of the ASALH, Woodson went on to conceptualize a specific week of the year designated to celebrate and teach Black History in schools.
What began as “National Negro History Week” in 1926, has since evolved into the internationally celebrated Black History Month that communities around the world recognize and actively participate in.
Carter G. Woodson Bio Woodson was an African American writer and historian. He penned the influential book ‘The Mis-Education of the Negro’; lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution; received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago before going on to receive a doctorate from Harvard in 1912.
February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, leaders widely admired by the African American community.
As Woodson’s original idea for the “Negro History Week” grew in acceptance, it eventually gained a national stage along with the civil rights movement in the late 1960s. President Gerald Ford was the first president to officially recognize Black History Month and did so in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
“Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America,”– President Barack Obama.
This Year’s Theme Is Black Health and Wellness
ASALH designates a new theme for Black History Month each year, in keeping with the tradition Woodson established. This year’s timely theme is Black Health and Wellness to celebrate those who have made such a heroic difference during COVID, but also to amplify injustices when it comes to Black representation in the medical field as well as disproportionate infection rates in minority communities compared to white.
How Are You Celebrating?
We want to hear what you’re doing to celebrate African American Heritage Month. Let us know your stories by reaching out to LaJuana at firstname.lastname@example.org.