Year of Action

June 20, 2022

Instituting change starts with commitment. Today, June 20th, is the federally observed day for the Juneteenth holiday, and much more than a day off.

Make this your Day Year of Action.


Juneteenth and Anti-Racism Book List

The following reading list of books – about and for Juneteenth – was compiled by Zenith Bookstore. Some of these titles might be excellent choices for gifts, employee appreciation giveaways, book club, and/or seminars.

Hire an Expert

Local DEI Consultants

You have access to local educators and experts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that can provide business trainings to help you create an inclusive organizational culture. We highlight three DEI consultants available to provide your business with tools to embrace and celebrate differences in the workplace and make actionable change in our community.

Meet your Neighbors

Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses in Duluth

Black-owned businesses are an essential part of our community. Read on to learn the stories of several black-owned businesses you can find in our Zenith city, and hear from the founder of the Northland Black Business Showcase.


Advancing BIPOC Entrepreneurs

Dr. Sakib Mahmud and Dr. Ephraim K. Nikoi of the University of Wisconsin-Superior have done tremendous work in researching the unique goals, needs, and challenges of BIPOC businesses in the Twin Ports and synthesizing them into a list of intuitive recommendations. Read on to see how you and your business can help support the advancement of BIPOC entrepreneurs and small business owners in our area.

Examine your Hiring & Retention Efforts

Do More and Do Better on Diversity & Inclusion

Employers must put effort into retention, with a focus on creating a workplace that is inclusive and supports ongoing training and skill development. This takes thoughtful, strategic, and ongoing effort with engagement and support from local workforce system partners.

Additional Juneteenth & DEI Resources

Commitment to Change is a collaborative effort between Lake Superior College and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce to build a more inclusive and diverse community through education, resources, opportunities, and partnerships. This robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resource guide has been curated from experts across the Twin Ports to share with your organizations in honor of Juneteenth.

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