As corporate leaders reckon with how to combat racism and support black employees in the wake of the George Floyd protests, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Tuesday that Twitter will make Juneteenth a companywide holiday.
Dorsey said that both Twitter and payments startup Square, where Dorsey is also CEO, will now designate Juneteenth as a holiday for U.S. employees.
Dorsey noted that other “countries and regions around the world have their own days to celebrate emancipation, and we will do the work to make those dates company holidays everywhere we are present.”
Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., but it isn’t an official national holiday and corporate America hasn’t typically given employees that day off.
Dorsey also agreed that Juneteenth should be designated a national holiday in a reply to a Twitter user on his original announcement.
Vox Media also announced on Tuesday it would make Juneteenth a company holiday and create a fellowship program focusing on black journalists.
Nearly every major company has released a statement supporting their black employees or Black Lives Matter, but some tech companies have been criticized for making empty gestures instead of taking concrete action. Reddit moderators called on the company to update their policies around hate speech and racism on the platform.
Facebook employees have openly challenged CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the company’s decision to leave up President Donald Trump’s “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet. Amazon and Microsoft have both faced scrutiny for continuing to work with police departments.