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Professional athletes and sports franchises take to social media to celebrate Juneteenth

Friday marks Juneteenth, the oldest-known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, on the anniversary of the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the people in Texas. Professional athletes, sports organizations and leagues took to social media on Friday to celebrate and bring attention to the annual celebration, beginning with the NBA.…

Professional athletes and sports franchises take to social media to celebrate Juneteenth

Friday marks Juneteenth, the oldest-known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, on the anniversary of the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the people in Texas.

Professional athletes, sports organizations and leagues took to social media on Friday to celebrate and bring attention to the annual celebration, beginning with the NBA.

Join the NBA family in honoring #Juneteenth, the oldest national holiday commemorating emancipation from slavery in the United States. pic.twitter.com/eXWjm5Ssh3

— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 2020

The league posted an entire thread on the origins of Juneteenth.

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— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 2020

The NFL closed its league offices in an effort to recognize the holiday.

The NFL will observe Juneteenth as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed today: https://t.co/AoJSocoYDQ pic.twitter.com/BEkSrMXeHy

— NFL (@NFL) June 19, 2020

MLB, the NHL, MLS and the WNBA were among other professional sports leagues that honored Juneteenth on Twitter.

In celebration of #Juneteenth, Major League Baseball will be commemorating the day with activities aimed to continue the conversation about social justice. https://t.co/GQrFObW8ig pic.twitter.com/lPSf2v6eX3

— MLB (@MLB) June 19, 2020

This #Juneteenth, we celebrate the Coloured Hockey League. Founded in Nova Scotia in 1895, the league was formed by the sons and grandsons of escaped slaves, whose innovations helped create hockey as we know it today. pic.twitter.com/tBmoSoxrNB

— NHL (@NHL) June 19, 2020

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance that marks the official end of slavery in America.

Juneteenth reminds us to celebrate African American progress and that the fight for justice & equality continues every day. #MLSisBlack pic.twitter.com/ahYXXOjDZO

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 19, 2020

Today the WNBA commemorates #Juneteenth. 155 years after emancipation, we must still fight the racial injustices that steal freedom. pic.twitter.com/WcGB6SoPa8

— WNBA (@WNBA) June 19, 2020

Nearly all teams across the major American professional sports leagues posted a Juneteenth message on their social media accounts.

Here’s how much of the rest of the sports world commemorated the event.

NBA teams

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards marched in D.C. on Friday, in addition to their social media posts.

Together We Stand. pic.twitter.com/2xX4N1xmat

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 19, 2020

No justice.

No peace.

Next stop: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. #TogetherWeStand | #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/h1omyXYu9l

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 19, 2020

Miami Heat

Our Pledge for Social Justice

We will not sit on the sidelines. This is just the beginning.#BlackLivesMatter | #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/ZGqk8cfhKe

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 19, 2020

Utah Jazz

Freedom Day is a day of celebration, rejoicing and a reflection on the work that still needs to be done.

Happy #Juneteenth ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1ZlDycLoAJ

— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 19, 2020

Orlando Magic

Today we join in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States – a day to stand in solidarity and a day for education, connection, and celebration to recognize and celebrate Black history & culture. pic.twitter.com/e1BHzjPyBW

— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) June 19, 2020

Boston Celtics

Today we celebrate the end of slavery 155 years ago with #Juneteenth

As we continue to reflect and educate ourselves, we invite you to join us. pic.twitter.com/6cAofNSjD8

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 19, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers

Our offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of #Juneteenth and to create space for reflection, action and engagement to advance racial equality.#ClipperNation, please join us in support of making Juneteenth a national holiday.

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 19, 2020

NFL teams

New England Patriots

We’ve never posted about Juneteenth, but it is always the right time to do better than before.

Today is a reflection of freedom, a day to celebrate and educate. pic.twitter.com/BOsLIEdwc5

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 19, 2020

Chicago Bears

1900 RTs = a $19,000 donation to the @DuSableMuseum of African American History.

In honor of #Juneteenth, help us promote a better understanding and appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of the Black community.

Learn more: https://t.co/IhT3mhwMGM pic.twitter.com/o4IONBkjGG

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 19, 2020

Los Angeles Rams

Listen. Learn. Celebrate.

In honor of #Juneteenth, we stand in solidarity with the Black community and the fight against social injustice. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/tWc7HuZBSZ

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 19, 2020

Miami Dolphins

“I feel like the change that can possibly happen with more people talking about it, having these type of conversations, will create more opportunities.”@_thedreamishere, @AdrianColbert27 and @josh3rosen discuss #Juneteenth. pic.twitter.com/TqmrsiMBk4

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 19, 2020

MLB Teams

Baltimore Orioles

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer #Juneteenth | #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/23qKVhyElI

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 19, 2020

New York Yankees

Today, we join @MLB in celebrating Juneteenth to commemorate the official end of slavery in the U.S. This is a day for reflection & learning and we humbly acknowledge our part in continuing to fight against racial injustice. Learn more: https://t.co/SM2hmHPvXg #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/6dInscjMRM

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 19, 2020

Boston Red Sox

Today we celebrate and observe #Juneteenth. pic.twitter.com/KSXc2S8OTh

— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 19, 2020

WNBA Teams

Los Angeles Sparks

We March for Change!✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

📸 Ned Dishman NBAE #BlackLivesMatter #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/cXwQEG28P5

— Los Angeles Sparks (@LA_Sparks) June 19, 2020

Washington Mystics

United As One ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻#TogetherWeStand x #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/5ynMATzdee

— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) June 19, 2020

Seattle Storm

We honor and celebrate Juneteenth, the day that all Black Americans became free, and we continue to fight for racial equality for ALL Black Americans. pic.twitter.com/4MewVhrdvb

— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) June 19, 2020

Connecticut Sun

Stand with us.#BlackLivesMatter #ChangeCantWait

Learn how you can take action: https://t.co/uHtBYSnnd9 pic.twitter.com/SlijWQ9YrN

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) June 19, 2020

Several current and former athletes also expressed their appreciation of the Juneteenth holiday.

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell

Thank you for the honor. I am so very proud of the fact that I was the first African-American coach in any major sport. @nba https://t.co/lAY6ttukkZ

— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 19, 2020

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook

Westbrook — formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder – will host a Tulsa Block Party nationwide livecast on Saturday in honor of the holiday and to discuss issues pertinent to the black community.

Join me Saturday at 6pm CST! #TulsaBlockParty #juneteenth https://t.co/eMXojSQFQ0 pic.twitter.com/1hHlYpO5eO

— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) June 19, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Chris Paul

✊🏾🖤❤️💚 pic.twitter.com/Rhg7QmV0cr

— Chris Paul (@CP3) June 19, 2020

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Juneteenth.

The ending of slavery. A day to celebrate freedom. A time to educate and celebrate Black Culture. pic.twitter.com/4Sds5RoLPB

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) June 19, 2020

Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell

✊🏽🙏🏾 HAPPY JUNETEENTH!!!! https://t.co/eMvGT6F0Nb

— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 19, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson

Two and a half years following Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865 Galveston, Texas was the last to receive the news that all enslaved people were free. Juneteenth today celebrates freedom, achievement, education, and self-advancement in the Black community.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 19, 2020

New Jersey Devils star P.K. Subban

On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas were free- two and a half years after slavery was abolished in the United States. On Juneteenth, we celebrate Black liberation. #Juneteenth ✊🏿🙏🏿❤️ pic.twitter.com/26jx5fdDfx

— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) June 19, 2020

And FOX Sports commemorated the event, as well:

The man that changed baseball forever started his career as a 4-sport athlete at UCLA. #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/KsAXypWMM9

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 19, 2020

From HBCU to HOF 🙌

In honor of Juneteenth, we celebrate some of the biggest names in football that started their careers at HBCUs pic.twitter.com/DsPAlUH8py

— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) June 19, 2020

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In celebration of Juneteenth, we honor some of the trailblazers that helped make the NBA what it is today pic.twitter.com/oKLuv19YSE

— The Association on FOX (@TheAssociation) June 19, 2020

Generations of greatness. #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/5Jm7ZDhq3M

— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) June 19, 2020

In celebration of Juneteenth, we remember these baseball legends and Hall of Famers from the Negro Leagues. pic.twitter.com/kAxOQGqBMo

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 19, 2020

Stay tuned for more updates.



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