Juneteenth and Vincent Chin
Our nation was again struck by tragedy with the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 19 children and two teachers were killed. We grieve for the victims and families of Robb Elementary School.
As we reach the middle of June, this month is both of celebration and solemn remembrance. June 19th is etched in the collective memories of both Black and Asian American communities. For the Black community, it signifies Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. For the Asian American community, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder, spurred a "second wave" of Asian American activism. And for all of us, not just in Black and Asian communities, 117 years separates both events, reminding us of our country’s deep roots in racism and white supremacy, but also the powerful potential in rectifying past wrongs. The struggle for human dignity, equal rights and inclusion continues, with philanthropy needing to play a critical role.
June is also a time for AAPIP to come together in person after three years! Although our in-person registration is sold out, you can still join us virtually on June 26-29 for a gathering in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), Power in Solidarity. Let us continue these conversations and work toward transforming philanthropy into becoming more just and equitable for the AANHPI community.
The AAPIP Team