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A Juneteenth message from NMF President and CEO Michellene Davis, Esq.

As we honor Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in our nation’s journey towards freedom, it’s essential to recognize our progress, the challenges we face, and the ongoing efforts to erase our history. Today, we celebrate the end of chattel slavery in the United States, yet we must also confront the active work underway to perpetuate racial injustice and inequality.  

Juneteenth commemorates the day when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, announcing that all enslaved individuals were free. This was more than a full two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and more than two months after the end of the Civil War.

This Juneteenth holds particular significance as we witness concerning trends of anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts across our nation.

These efforts undermine the principles of justice and equality, threatening to widen the gap in health equity and perpetuate systemic disparities in health care access and outcomes. 

At National Medical Fellowships (NMF), we stand resolute in our commitment to advancing health equity and combating the forces of discrimination and inequality in health care. Our mission to empower underrepresented medical students, diversify the medical clinical research fields, and address health care disparities remains steadfast. 

On this Juneteenth, let us renew our dedication to the pursuit of health equity for all. Let us redouble our efforts to dismantle systemic barriers and create a health care system that is truly inclusive and equitable. Together, we can work towards a future where every individual has access to quality health care, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. 

As we reflect on the significance of Juneteenth, let us draw strength from the resilience of those who came before us and recommit ourselves to the ongoing struggle for justice and equality.

Together, we can build a healthier, more equitable future for all. 

In Health and Justice, 

Michellene Davis, Esq. 
President and CEO  
National Medical Fellowships