The NFL Will Observe Juneteenth as a League Holiday

Football's response to the Black Lives Matter movement seems to be evolving

colin kaepernick kneeling in protest of police brutality
The NFL has pledged $250 million to fight racism—the subject of Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest that led to his ban from the sport. Getty Images

The National Football League announced on Friday in an internal memo that it will observe Juneteenth as a league holiday, joining the increasing ranks of companies including Google, Nike and Twitter planning to give their employees June 19 off.

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