Office of DEI, Beverly’s Race Equity Tasks Force and Beverly Public Schools, celebrated and recognized Juneteenth on June 16, 2021. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
The Office of DEI and Beverly’s Race Equity Task Force presented a community conversation regarding symbolism. Symbols (history and perceptions) and their impact on individuals and society. We discussed how and why some symbols can generate pride and hope, while others can hurt, threaten, and harm—and why context matters. Our panel had an open and honest conversation and field questions from community members.
Reading of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July”
In partnership with the Waring School and the Beverly Human Rights Committee, students, city leaders and community members read sections of Frederick Douglass’ speech. Closing remarks by DEI Director.