Juneteenth, the too-often-overlooked June 19 holiday celebrating the day in 1865 when slaves were officially freed, is at last having a moment of recognition.

Amid ongoing nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd, which saw millions speak up about institutional racism and police brutality, some are starting to have more honest conversations about race and racial inequality, a large part of which includes listening and learning for the more privileged.

In the sports world, institutions of power like the NFL and NBA decided to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for employees, certainly a step in the right direction.

And here in Philadelphia, the city's pro sports teams all took steps Friday to commemorate and celebrate the holiday:


The Phillies posted a list of partner organizations "making a positive impact within the Black community":

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen posted a link to a petition aimed at making Juneteenth a national holiday:


Earlier this week, the Eagles sent a team-wide email informing all employees that the NovaCare Complex offices would be closed Friday in observation of Juneteenth.

In future years, the Eagles said, the organization plans to participate in "social justice community service events" to commemorate the importance of the day. 

The team also decided to use its Twitter account on Friday to use its platform for good, and highlight local organizations "leading the way":

Here's a list of the organizations the team highlighted:

- Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence
- The University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships
- Frontline Dads
- MenzFits
- Philly Mothers in Charge
- Philadelphia Auto & Parole
- Philadelphia Futures
- Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center
- The Center for Returning Citizens - Philly
- Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project - Philly

Running back Miles Sanders also shared a simple but uplifting Juneteenth message:


The Flyers announced they would be using their Twitter account Friday to "amplify impactful messages and inclusive community programs":

So far, they've retweeted posts from the @discoverPHL, NHL Network, and Penn Medicine accounts:


The Sixers shared a message giving background on the holiday:


The Union haven't yet tweeted about Juneteenth, but they spent the morning on Twitter recognizing and amplifying the newly-founded Black Players Coalition of Major League Soccer:

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