1. NFL will observe Juneteenth as holiday
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Friday that the NFL will observe Juneteenth, celebrated on Friday, June 19 as a recognized holiday closing league offices. This comes after the NFL has pledged $250 million dollars over the next 10 years to fight systemic racism. Juneteenth, June 19, represents the anniversary of the day slavery ended in the United States in 1865.
The power of this historical feat in our country’s blemished history is felt each year but there is no question that the magnitude of this event weighs even more heavily today in the current climate. Juneteenth not only marks the end of slavery in the United States, but it also symbolizes freedom—a freedom that was delayed, and brutally resisted; and though decades of progress followed, a freedom for which we must continue to fight.
_This year, as we work together as a family and in our communities to combat the racial injustices that remain deeply rooted into the fabric of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed. It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future. _