Recognizing Juneteenth and Creating a Path Forward

A Statement from Dr. Trivedi

Important conversations about race are happening across our country, and Juneteenth provides us with another critical opportunity for reflection on the racial injustices that have faced black Americans for centuries. On June 19, 1865, Union troops reached Galveston, Texas and informed the enslaved population, who had not yet heard of emancipation, that they were free. Today commemorates this moment, which opened a new chapter in our nation’s history.

Sheppard Pratt can trace its lineage back to Moses Sheppard, our founder. Moses Sheppard was not just focused on improving the treatment for those with mental illness, he also supported the abolitionists that sought an end to slavery. He raised funds and provided clothing, tools, and books for freed slaves. He also paid for the education of others and stopped legislation in Maryland that would have banished free African-Americans from the state.

Today, as we recognize the significance of Juneteenth, I am reminded of our mission and core values—to meet a need, to lead, to care, and to respect. These values are critical as we look to make societal reforms that lead to lasting change.

For a list of some events that are taking place in Baltimore to recognize Juneteenth, you can visit this link for additional information. 

I have had the opportunity this week to hear about our employees’ experiences and how we can work together to improve upon racial injustice and inequality. I look forward to continuing these conversations as we develop actionable steps forward.