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Juneteenth for Me

Juneteenth for Me

On June 19, 1865 two and a half years after the official Emancipation Proclamation was read, the enslaved population of Galveston, Texas was finally free. This is known as Juneteenth. For me, Juneteenth signifies Freedom, the day of Jubilee! It is a day to reflect on our nation’s history, and a day to remember and acknowledge the lag in justice for Black lives. As a woman of West African and Jamaican descent, born and raised in Queens, New York, I admittedly did not grow up celebrating Juneteenth. I learned about Juneteenth after attending a festival held at our local cultural …

What Juneteenth Signifies to Me

What Juneteenth Signifies to Me

For me, Juneteenth signifies African American freedom. This day commemorates the abolishment of slavery for my ancestors and recognizes the end to the brutality of being enslaved. I celebrate this day just as the Fourth of July is celebrated. As part of the celebration, I educate my children and family on the importance of the holiday. Celebrating diversity is important at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies because it can help eliminate unconscious biases. In general, a diverse workplace is more likely to understand an employee’s needs and come up with ideas to fulfill them. It also increases morale and instills a …

Juneteenth For Me

Juneteenth For Me

Growing up in school, I remember I had a pretty good knowledge of, and fascination with, history. I remember learning about the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Civil War from 1861-1865, the Roaring 20s followed by The Great Depression in 1929, trench warfare during World War I, and so many other events throughout history. I also remember as a child always celebrating the 4th of July at my aunt’s house in Monroe, GA. It was my favorite holiday at the time because my aunt would always buy the kids a blow-up pool to swim in. Growing up, I learned …

Forgive to Rebuild

Forgive to Rebuild

In American race relations there’s room for one thing – forgiveness.  It’s like a spoonful of liquid medicine. It is important, it heals, it strengthens. How many times have I walked in front of someone and not held the door?  Then seconds later thought, “ugh, that was silly, why didn’t I hold the door?”  Then those days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to let another driver into my lane.  So, I just speed by and let them get in whenever, however.  The best thing I can do when I am aware that I haven’t made room …

Black History Month 2021: Celebrating the History and Culture Series

Black History Month 2021: Celebrating the History and Culture Series

Black History Month is an annual event honoring the many vital contributions of Black Americans, something the TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to celebrate. What started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, observed on the second week in February to honor Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays, has turned into a month-long devotion to celebrating Black Americans. We honor diversity through celebrating the heritage and traditions of our Team Members. In turn, we leverage cultural holidays like Black History Month to inspire Team Members to learn more about the history, themselves, and their Team Members. To honor the …

Black History Month 2021: Celebrating the History and Culture Series

Black History Month 2021: Celebrating the History and Culture Series

Black History Month is an annual event honoring the many vital contributions of Black Americans, something the TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to celebrate. What started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, observed on the second week in February to honor Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays, has turned into a month-long devotion to celebrating Black Americans. We honor diversity through celebrating the heritage and traditions of our Team Members. In turn, we leverage cultural holidays like Black History Month to inspire Team Members to learn more about history, themselves, and their Team Members. We have worked to …

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

Black History Month is an annual event honoring the many vital contributions of Black Americans, something the TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to celebrate. What started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, observed on the second week in February to honor Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays, has turned into a month-long devotion to celebrating Black Americans. As part of our annual Company-wide celebration, we ask employees, “What does Black History Mean to you?” General Manager Kendall Wheeler, sums it up, “It’s a celebration of all that we have overcome and all that we are working toward.” Throughout …

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

Black History Month is an annual event honoring the many vital contributions of Black Americans, something the TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to celebrate. What started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, observed on the second week in February to honor Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays, has turned into a month-long devotion to celebrating Black Americans. As part of our annual Company-wide celebration, we ask employees, “What does Black History Mean to you?” General Manager Kendall Wheeler, sums it up, “It’s a celebration of all that we have overcome and all that we are working toward.” Throughout …

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

What Does Black History Mean to Me Series

Black History Month is an annual event honoring the many vital contributions of Black Americans, something the TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to celebrate. What started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, observed on the second week in February to honor Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays, has turned into a month-long devotion to celebrating Black Americans. As part of our annual Company-wide celebration, we ask employees, “What does Black History Mean to you?” General Manager Kendall Wheeler, sums it up, “It’s a celebration of all that we have overcome and all that we are working toward.” Throughout …

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Something my grandmother used to say, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” A well-known scripture, Proverbs 31, speaks of a virtuous woman with a list of qualities that Michelle Johnson-Murphy strives to reach daily. This is her focus scripture and while the tasks may seem impossible to achieve, those who know the Director of Payroll would consider her honorable, wise, and selfless. What many people don’t know is that Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degrees, and a Ph.D coming down the pipeline. Her passion for continuous learning came at an early age when …