Nike, NFL, Quicken Loans Respond To Racial Protests By Recognizing Juneteenth As Paid Holiday

Nike, the NFL, Quicken Loans and Twitter are among the companies that will recognize Juneteenth as a holiday this year and give their employees a paid day off.  Juneteenth, or June 19,  celebrates June 19, 1865, the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. Although Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, most states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation recognizing it, according to a list compiled by the Congressional Research Service. In the wake of continued protests over the killing of George Floyd on May 25 when a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, businesses are stepping up recognition of the day. advertisementadvertisementNike told workers they would get Juneteenth off starting this year as a way to celebrate black culture and history.

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