Juneteenth

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14 Jun: Best Buy employees share what Juneteenth means to them

Best Buy is proud to recognize Juneteenth’s significance by observing it as a paid company holiday starting this year. The corporate office will be closed on Friday, June 18, and all full-time and part-time employees who work on June 19 will be paid time and a half.

Additionally, we are providing information for employees about local community-led celebrations, educational resources and volunteer opportunities. We’re also matching 100% of any one-time donation an employee makes to a nonprofit organization of their choice on June 19.

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19 Jun: Best Buy Employee Shares ‘Celebration And Joy’ Of Juneteenth

Quest Dew has been celebrating Juneteenth for years, and he’s on a mission to share that celebration with his Best Buy co-workers.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865 — nearly 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It has long been a meaningful holiday for Black Americans, yet its awareness has remained relatively low among the broader population.

That’s why Quest decided to bring the celebration to his colleagues at Best Buy’s Seattle Technology Office last year.

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16 Jun: Best Buy Announces Plans For Juneteenth, Election Day

As we shared a couple of weeks ago in a letter from our CEO Corie Barry, Best Buy is committed to doing better; specifically, taking action to address the racial injustice in our society and communities. We’ve created a diverse task force within the company to find and create meaningful change. We’ve committed to creating more than 100 Teen Tech Centers, designed to bridge the opportunity gap and the digital divide, for teens in disinvested communities. And we’ve founded a new public-private effort to provide computers and internet access to thousands of youth who have neither.