By Agence France-Presse
The NBA for the first time on Friday gave employees “Juneteenth” leave to acknowledge the oldest US emancipation warning from slavery.
The step was done after the murder of George Floyd last month while in police custody and global protests that followed against racism and police brutality.
Juneteenth is remembered on June 19 to commemorate the end of US slavery on 1865, when American soldiers told the last of those who were enslaved in Texas, they were released after the Emancipation Proclamation of US President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
The NBA said in a statement that they wanted to give employees “the opportunity to use the day to stop, further educate themselves and reflect on the history and current race conditions in our country.”
All league employees and teams will be invited to the screening of a special virtual film from the new film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” about the life and legacy of Lewis, an 80-year-old US lawmaker who has spent more than 60 years as a social activist. .
The NBA Junior in partnership with the National Basketball Coaches Association, will hold a coach forum with young basketball coaches and former Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks coach David Fizdale who will focus on race, equality and the impact of systemic social injustice on young athletes.
Those present will receive resources designed to promote a culture of inclusion and address racial problems in team settings.
The league also plans online activities to educate fans on Juneteenth, including conversations with Washington guard John Wall and Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green and NBA TV appearances by Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.
The league, which has nearly 75% of the list places filled by black players last year, hopes to normalize conversations about race and combat dangerous stereotypes about the black community.
The NBA season closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic but the league has plans for 22 teams to continue the campaign next month in Orlando, Florida.
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