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Report: Raiders will observe Friday as Juneteenth company holiday

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Mark Davis has been a vocal supporter of racial justice

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The Raiders will join several other professional sports teams and be closed for business on Friday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Many teams and corporations have decided in recent weeks to observe the holiday as part of the racial justice movement that began in the country after George Floyd, a Black man who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day — is a celebration held annually on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery. Raiders owner Mark Davis has been vocal about his support for the Black community and spoke against the death of Floyd in recent weeks. Thus, his decision to celebrate Juneteenth stays in character.

When the Raiders return to work on Monday, many employees — including coach Jon Gruden — are expected to starting working at the team’s new facility in Henderson, Nevada, marking another milestone in the team’s move to Las Vegas this season.

I’m proud that our company, Vox Media, is among the American businesses that will observe Juneteenth as a company holiday Friday.