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LISTEN: How Should Employers Think About Juneteenth?

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Joe Amon
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Connecticut Public

June 19th marked the 156th straight year of the commemoration of Juneteenth, the holiday that symbolically marks the freedom of black people in America from slavery. This Juneteenth came after a year of arguably unprecedented awareness—due to the murder of George Floyd--of the holiday and of the African American struggle. Susan Johnson is head of diversity, equity and inclusion at The Hartford. She joined All Things Considered to talk about how America's racial reckoning has affected the way her employer marks the holiday, what her company is doing to live up to the commitments it made to racial equity over the past year, and how her colleagues at The Hartford view the very concept of diversity in light of the last year's events.

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