BRIDGE Group Wants Your Help With ‘Going Deeper’ Stories for Juneteenth e-Book

<b>A sample from BRIDGE's "Going Deeper" project, contributed by Valerie Wagoner, Associate EEO and DI Officer.</b>

Exchange special emphasis group BRIDGE (Building Resources in Diversity Growth of Employees) wants you to share your knowledge for the Juneteenth 2022 collection of facts called “Going Deeper … More to the Story.”

A sample from BRIDGE’s “Going Deeper” project, contributed by Valerie Wagoner, Associate EEO and DI Officer.

The collection will be about people of all ethnicities and nationalities who supported or were allies of Black inventors, movements or rights. It will be published as an e-book for Exchange associates.

“This is the second year that Juneteenth has been acknowledged as a national holiday, so we wanted to have some interaction with the field,” said Judy Hathaway, communications specialist and BRIDGE program manager. “We want to add more stories regarding people who had an influence on our nation but might not be as familiar as Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks. So we’re going deeper, asking associates to help us name those people.”

The deadline is looming: It’s June 7.

To enter, go to BRIDGE’s “More to the Story” site by clicking here. Write your story on a Word document or pdf, titling the file with your last name, first name, name of the person(s) you’re writing about, then the .doc or .pdf extension. Click on “upload” on the site, browse for your file name and click OK.

Stories will be accessible to all associates, and BRIDGE will release two per day via email during the week of June 13 through 17, leading up to the Juneteenth holiday (since June 19 falls on a Sunday this year, the holiday will be June 20).

BRIDGE’s executive champions, Europe/Southwest Asia/Africa region Senior Vice President Marla Smith Randolph and Vice President of Corporate Policy Denise Hunter, and program manager Judy Hathaway will make the selections.

“We want to keep education and awareness out there,” Hathaway said. “We want to unite as all—all nations, all cultures and all persons. We have to build together as one. That’s our mission at BRIDGE: Bridging it together.”

The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865, date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas – more than two years after the proclamation had been signed. The holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth has been a Texas state holiday since 1980. In 2021, President Biden signed legislation making it a federal holiday—the first new federal holiday in 40 years.



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  1. vida loca on June 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    I hope you update us on HOW we get to READ the stories

  2. Sylvia Williams on June 13, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Where do we go to buy the book?

    • Robert Philpot on June 17, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Hi, Sylvia, and sorry for the delayed reply.

      The book will be an ebook for Exchange associates, not available in stores. It’s free, but we’re trying to determine whether it will be accessible to people who aren’t active associates.

      Robert Philpot
      The Exchange Post

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