In honor of the day of the end of slavery in the United States, which is celebrated on June 19, Nike introduced an annual paid day off for employees of the company’s American offices.
On Thursday, Nike CEO John Donahoe announced a new holiday in a letter to his staff. This step is one of the decisions that the company plans to take in the light of nationwide demonstrations calling for racial justice.
“At Nike, we strive to be a leader in creating a diverse, inclusive team and culture. We want to be better than society as a whole, ”Donaho said and added that the establishment of a weekend on June 19 is“ a good opportunity to honor the history and culture of black people. ”
REFERENCE. Slavery in the United States was abolished after the end of the Civil War of 1861-1865 and the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the country in December 1865. The last state to ratify this amendment was Mississippi in 2013. On June 19, 1865, the proclamation of the liberation of slaves was announced in Texas. He was the last of the Confederation of the Southern States where this happened. Currently, Freedom Day is celebrated on June 19 annually in 47 of the 50 US states.