Celebrating Juneteenth: A Reflection on Freedom and Progress in Commercial Real Estate


We are proud to celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day and Emancipation Day. This significant day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and marks a pivotal moment in American history. Juneteenth is not only a time to remember the past but also an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made and the work that still needs to be done.

Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” These words resonate deeply within the commercial real estate industry as we strive to create inclusive spaces that respect and enhance the freedom of all individuals.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate sector plays a crucial role in shaping our communities. By embracing diversity and inclusion, we can foster environments that promote economic growth, innovation, and social cohesion. Inclusive real estate practices not only benefit underserved communities but also contribute to the overall health and vitality of our cities and towns.

Progress Through Community Development

Community development is at the heart of commercial real estate. By investing in projects that provide affordable housing, accessible public spaces, and diverse commercial opportunities, we can support the economic empowerment of marginalized communities. Celebrating Juneteenth reminds us of the importance of equitable development and the role we play in building a better future for all.

Moving Forward Together

As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us recommit to the principles of freedom, equality, and justice. In the commercial real estate industry, this means advocating for policies that support fair housing, inclusive zoning, and equitable investment. It means recognizing the contributions of Black professionals in our field and creating opportunities for future generations.

By working together, we can ensure that the progress we make today paves the way for a more inclusive and prosperous tomorrow. Let us honor the spirit of Juneteenth by living and working in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Happy Juneteenth!