June 19, 1865, marks the date that African Americans in Texas, who had been enslaved, learned from Major General Gordon Granger upon his arrival in Galveston, that the Civil War and slavery had ended. Thus, we now celebrate Juneteenth, our Freedom Day, also known as Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day.
Last year, the Black-Indigenous-People-Of-Color or BIPOC Elected Officials of Orange County presented resolutions to our respective boards to declare Juneteenth a paid holiday for our employees. Our resolutions passed unanimously. This year, with Juneteenth falling on a Saturday, the official county holiday will be on Friday, June 18. Please note that local government offices will be closed and only emergency services provided.
As part of the Juneteenth 2021 celebration, the BIPOC Elected Officials have recorded a statement which will air on Juneteenth, with thanks to Anita Jones-McNair and Charles Harrington of the Town of Carrboro and local partners. Please visit the Town of Carrboro website or look for the link on the Orange County website.
Also, contact the Northern Orange NAACP and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP for more activities, virtual and live.
Exhibit to remember Black victims of violence
"Say Their Names" is an artistic expression of the history we must acknowledge and never forget. Donn Young conceived an idea, and then invited Fred Joiner, Mike Ogle and myself to join him in creating three banners that illustrate the violence and the trauma that Black people have experienced in America since its founding. Among the individuals acknowledged on these banners are Manly McCauley, Emmit Till and James Cates with poetry by Jaki Shelton Green, NC Poet Laureate.
The exhibit will be set up at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street, downtown, on the lawn. Hours are: Friday, June 18, from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, June 19/Juneteenth, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday, June 20, from 4-7 p.m. If you miss us on that weekend, we will setup again at the Last Friday Event in Hillsborough on June 26.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission.
Local transit agencies seeking drivers
Transit agencies across the nation are experiencing a severe bus operator shortage. GoTriangle is working with five other Triangle transit agencies to offer a regional job fair for bus operators at GoTriangle’s offices at 4600 Emperor Blvd., Durham 27703, on Tuesday, June 15.
Chapel Hill Transit, GoCary, GoDurham, GoRaleigh, GoTriangle and GoWake ACCESS will interview potential bus and paratransit operators and will be ready to extend contingent offers of employment.
What do you need to do?
First, fill out the online application for any and all agencies you are interested in. You can find the links on this page (https://gotriangle.org/jobfair). Then, show up Tuesday, June 15, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the GoTriangle office building to talk with agency representatives. No Commercial Driver’s License is necessary to apply, yet, those offered employment for Bus Operator positions will need to obtain a class B CDL Permit with a Passenger Endorsement in order to begin the training.