SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast: Juneteenth and the reckoning on race with Lateefah Simon

On June 19, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over. Since then, this day has been celebrated as the end of slavery in the United States. It also recognizes the culture and achievements of Black Americans and is a symbol of Black freedom. Designating Juneteenth as a holiday is significant, but how much of this is symbolic? In this episode, SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor is joined by Akonadi Foundation President Lateefah Simon in a conversation reflecting on the meaning of Juneteenth, the advancements in racial justice efforts within the past year and what we need to do to continue the momentum toward equity in our region.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation President,
and Nicole Taylor, SVCF President and CEO

What you will learn:

  • What led Lateefah to advocate for people of color and families from other marginalized communities
  • Where Lateefah has seen the most progress toward equity in the Bay Area over the years
  • The significance of Juneteenth being recognized as a federal holiday in 2021
  • How we can advocate for and recognize those that were not born in privilege, and continue momentum in the racial justice movement
  • The focus of the city of Oakland’s cultural plan: “Belonging in Oakland”

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