C.E. Harrison (he/him/his) is the Communications Manager at Keshet and a former writer/editor for the Union for Reform Judaism; he is an alumnus of the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. C.E. also contributes to USA TODAY and is a Professional Certified Marketer® (PCM®) and Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) with dual certification from the American Marketing Association and Digital Marketing Institute. C.E. lives with his partner and four pets in metro Detroit, where he serves on Temple Beth El’s Board of Trustees and is actively involved with his local Jewish Federation.
While Juneteenth marks an incredibly important step in Black American rights, it was just that – one step. Juneteenth celebrated slavery becoming illegal, but it did not do away with racism; not even close. And yet, the history and spirit of Juneteenth make me hopeful.