Juneteenth: Freedom Day 2020

Today, we encourage our employees and partners to reflect on America’s past. How far we have come and how much farther we must go to end civil injustices and continue to work towards a brighter future.

This is a day for consideration, education, and connection.  Here are some resources to further gain knowledge on Juneteenth and take steps toward a more racially just and equitable community.


Here are 18 books Business Insider suggests for what’s really happening in America right now. Link to list here.


  • What is Juneteenth? 
    • A look at where Juneteenth came from and why it is important. Watch the video here.
  • 13th
    • Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. Full video can be found here.
  • When They See Us
    • Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they are falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story. Link here. (Netflix account is required to view).


Here are a list of podcasts, as well as an excellent selection of even more books, articles, movies, and videos recommended by Wharton and Penn students and faculty. Link to list here.


NEXT has committed to donating to organizations that support civil rights. Read more about the employee match program here

NAACP Legal Defense Fund 

Equal Justice Initiative

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