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The sports world and Juneteenth

Players for the Phoenix Mercury, left, and Sparks observe a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor
Players for the Phoenix Mercury, left, and Sparks players observe a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor on July 25, 2020. The WNBA has been a leader for social justice.
(Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

Juneteenth is now a federal holday. June 19 marks the day that the last slaves in the U.S. learned that they were freed. Soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, with the news in 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The sports world has acknowledged the holiday in several ways, from social media statements to educational projects.

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