NFL Teams Celebrate Juneteenth
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Teams from across the NFL posted on social media to celebrate Juneteenth 2020.
Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19, marks the 135th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the state of Texas.
NFL teams shared in celebrating the day with messages of freedom and education.
What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger marched into Texas and freed the last remaining slaves in the United States. Though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the remote state of Texas failed to adopt the laws quickly.
Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth. The day is also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.
Most states across the United State celebrate the holiday. Celebrations include parades, religious ceremonies, and festivals to commemorate the day.
5 things you need to know about #Juneteenth.
— NFL (@NFL) June 19, 2020
The organization Juneteenth Utah is hosting a block party at Washington Park in Salt Lake City on June 19 to celebrate.
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
"It's important to take small but really meaningful steps that can inspire change within ourselves and then share that with others in our lives."
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) June 19, 2020
New York Jets
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 19, 2020
Today, we celebrate and recognize #Juneteenth, as slavery came to an end in the United States.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 19, 2020
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 17, 2020
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 19, 2020
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 19, 2020
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) June 19, 2020
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) June 19, 2020
In recognition of #Juneteenth, we encourage you to support black-owned businesses and take time to learn how to combat racism and social injustice.
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— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 19, 2020
We're just getting started.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 18, 2020
The Jacksonville Jaguars will honor and recognize #Juneteenth as an official company holiday moving forward and encourage our fans to join us in using this day as one of reflection, education and action in solidarity with the Black Community.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) June 19, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 19, 2020
We join the players in our commitment to change:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 19, 2020
Las Vegas Raiders
The conversation can't — and won't — stop here.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) June 19, 2020
Los Angeles Chargers
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) June 19, 2020
As we celebrate Black culture and history today, we recognize we have a long way to go toward true equality. We’re committed to using our platform for good, and hope that you join us in supporting these organizations who are leading the way.#Juneteenth
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 19, 2020
Today we recognize #Juneteenth
A day to reflect, educate and commemorate. pic.twitter.com/ms7KA6Ioze
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 19, 2020
New York Giants
— New York Giants (@Giants) June 19, 2020
Green Bay Packers
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) June 19, 2020
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) June 19, 2020
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 19, 2020
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 19, 2020
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) June 19, 2020
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 19, 2020
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) June 19, 2020
Los Angeles Rams
Today, we recognize #Juneteenth.
We encourage everyone to spend the day supporting Black-owned businesses and learning the importance + history of today.
Visit these businesses in Inglewood for free surprises from the Rams! pic.twitter.com/nwDKkYr932
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 19, 2020
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 19, 2020