The Sixers will recognize Juneteenth by closing their offices on Friday, and they intend to permanently observe the holiday moving forward, a source told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, will be recognized by all entities of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, including the Sixers, Delaware Blue Coats and New Jersey Devils. It was designated as an official holiday in the city of Philadelphia on Tuesday by Mayor Jim Kenney. 

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment is planning to unveil a new Diversity and Inclusion initiative in the coming weeks, according to a source.

Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Elton Brand and other members of the Sixers organization have protested, penned essays and otherwise addressed institutional racism and police brutality over the last couple of weeks in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. 

As the NBA plans to resume its season on July 30 at Disney World, a coalition of players have expressed concerns about participating possibly detracting from social justice activism. 

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