On Wednesday morning, the Eagles sent an e-mail to the entire team informing all employees that the offices of the NovaCare complex will be closed on June 19 due to the holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.
In the coming years, the Eagles plan to participate in community social justice service events to commemorate the importance of the day.
The NFL office has already announced its closure for Juneteenth and several teams, including the Lions, Broncos, Chiefs, Cowboys, Panthers and Redskins, have also decided to close their doors.
As a team, the Eagles have had open discussions about the breed in recent weeks following the murder of George Floyd and nationwide protests. The team used its off-season virtual meetings to give multiple players a platform to talk about their own experiences with racial inequality and racial injustice.
“Me personally, the first thing I want to do is listen, listen to my players, listen to the guys who have strong feelings, convictions and I want to understand everything I can,” said l head coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday. “Lots of things are personal to me, just hearing the players [and] understand more and more what these players experience daily and what the black community, the African-American community, experiences daily. And we see it more and more, not only with sport, but obviously in our communities. ”
Juneteenth – or Emancipation Day – is the celebration of June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that the Civil War was over and the slaves were free, thereby ending the slavery in the United States.
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