Athletes are amplifying their voices on Juneteenth. The occasion celebrates the day the last enslaved African Americans were informed of their freedom. That occurred in Galveston Bay, Texas, on June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
On Friday, a number of athletes, teams and professional leagues expressed their thoughts about Juneteenth. Some took the day as an opportunity to celebrate Black liberation, others used their platform to educate people and push for Juneteenth to become a national holiday.
P.K. Subban of the New Jersey Devils and tennis star Coco Gauff were among the athletes celebrating the occasion.
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
Gauff, 16, also posted an explainer for those who don’t know what Juneteenth celebrates.
Edwin Jackson, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen were among the athletes pushing to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The three posted a petition to make the day a holiday in the United States.
Justise Winslow and Caron Butler made similar points about making Juneteenth a national holiday.
A number of teams also posted about Juneteenth. While many teams posted statements, a few produced videos explaining the meaning of the day.
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