What you should read this Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, a commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the United States. Sometimes known as “America’s second Independence Day” or “Freedom Day,” the yearly celebration and now federal holiday has been observed by Black Americans since 1865. It’s also a day to celebrate the achievements of our Black colleagues and industry leaders, as well as recommit ourselves to the long fight for racial justice and a truly inclusive economy. Explore the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility for the latest research on how to empower, inspire, and sustain action that leads to the economic development of Black communities, and dive deeper with these insights on topics including:

  • George Floyd’s life as a Black man in America, the manner of his death, society’s reaction to it, and the trial of his murderer
  • the dramatically expanding economic power of Black consumers
  • Black representation in the beauty industry, TV and film, and more
  • the Black experience at work

Author Talks: George Floyd’s America revisited

The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be

Black representation in the beauty industry

Black consumers: Where to invest for equity (a preview)

Black representation in film and TV: The challenges and impact of increasing diversity

Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

How HBCUs can accelerate Black economic mobility

Marketing to the multifaceted Black consumer

Nourishing equity: Meeting Black consumers’ needs in food

Author Talks: Michelle Duster on the legacy of Ida B. Wells