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Professional athletes, sports franchises, and leagues celebrate Juneteenth


Friday marks the Juneteenth holiday, a day that is widely celebrated in black communities across the United States as the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day African American slaves were officially freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.

Dozens of 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.

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

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

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

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.


Miami Heat


Utah Jazz

Orlando Magic


Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Clippers


NFL teams

New England Patriots

Chicago Bears

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos

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

Bill Russell

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.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Chris Paul

Seattle Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson

Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell

Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson

New Jersey Devils star P.K. Subban

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York


Philadelphia Union’s Mark McKenzie

Boston Red Sox

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman

NBA star DeMarcus Cousins

Washington Mystics

Former NFL star Victor Cruz

Stay tuned for more updates.

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