Honoring Juneteenth

Today at Kiva we're recognizing and commemorating Juneteenth, the end of formal slavery in the United States. As an organization committed to creating opportunity for underserved communities, we recognize our responsibility in learning about the historic barriers to personal and financial freedom for communities we serve, on a national and international level.

Tomorrow, Juneteenth, 6/19, is a reminder of how far we still have to go in removing systemic barriers for the Black community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned businesses in your community.

A word from the artist of this piece, Kiki Bryant:

“Juneteenth to me means celebrating freedom and Black American heritage. There's no more common way that Black Americans do this than a Cookout. For us, a cookout is a place for us to just "be", with good food, family, friends, music, and share communion with each other.”


About the author

Casey Miller

Casey Miller is Kiva's content strategist in the Portland offices. She began her journey with Kiva as a New Media and Branding intern, then contracted as the content and media coordinator, now working full-time as a content strategist. Casey graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism, and still uses this journalistic background in her storytelling at Kiva. With a passion for travel and cultural exchange, Casey seeks to spread the stories of our cultures and communities for those whose voices are often ignored.