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Dodgers recognize Juneteenth, give employees day off

A step in the right direction

MLB Opening Day Postponed Due To Coronavirus Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

As a lot of companies announced this week they’d be giving their employees today off due to Juneteenth, the Dodgers announced that they will partake as well. Today, June 19, commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.

According to LZ Granderson, this email was sent out to employees on Monday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are proud to announce that, in commemoration of Juneteenth and the end of slavery in the U.S, our offices will be closed this Friday, June 19. Juneteenth honors black freedom and resistance and affirms the unique contribution that Black Americans have made in the struggle for justice in the United States. Loving our country means acknowledging our past and fighting to ensure that freedom and justice extend to us all.

It’s time to listen. It’s time to learn. It’s time to state unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate the evils of racism and social injustice in our society. It’s time to embrace Black Lives Matter.

Clayton Kershaw, who rarely uses Twitter, broke his silence with a powerful statement on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black lives matter and I am committed to taking a stand and affecting chance - starting with myself.

His teammates responded to their teammates’ tweet.