Professional athletes, sports franchises, and leagues celebrate Juneteenth

Friday marked Juneteenth, the oldest-known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, on the anniversary of the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the people in Texas.

To celebrate and bring attention to the annual celebration, professional athletes, sports organizations and leagues took to social media on Friday, beginning with the NBA.

The league posted an entire thread on the origins of Juneteenth.

The NFL closed its league offices in an effort to recognize the holiday.

MLB, the NHL, MLS and the WNBA were among other professional sports leagues that honored Juneteenth on Twitter.

Nearly all teams across the major American professional sports leagues posted a Juneteenth message on their social media accounts.

Here’s how much of the rest of the sports world commemorated the event.

NBA teams

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards marched in D.C. on Friday, in addition to their social media posts.

Miami Heat

Utah Jazz

Orlando Magic

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Clippers

Houston Rockets

Denver Nuggets

NFL teams

New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

 Las Vegas Raiders

Indianapolis Colts

MLB Teams

Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Philadelphia Phillies

WNBA Teams

Los Angeles Sparks

Washington Mystics

Seattle Storm

Connecticut Sun

Several current and former athletes also expressed their appreciation of the Juneteenth holiday.

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook

Westbrook — formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder – will host a Tulsa Block Party nationwide livecast on Saturday in honor of the holiday and to discuss issues pertinent to the black community.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Chris Paul

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell

Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson

New Jersey Devils star P.K. Subban

And FOX Sports commemorated the event, as well:

Stay tuned for more updates.