American Rising Tennis Star Coco Gauff Celebrates Juneteenth


Juneteeth statue and Coco Gauff

Followed by the death of George Floyds, American rising tennis star Coco Gauff has increased her voice against racism. In particular, Gauff’s speech in the Black Lives Matter protest has shown her commitment to racial discrimination. Consequently, Coco Gauff celebrates Freedom Day. 

On Saturday, Coco Gauff posted several tweets about the Freedom day celebration. Moreover, She shared an explanation of the Juneteenth. 

“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, It was on June 19th that the union soldiers, led by major general Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free, two and a half years after president Lincon’s Emancipation proclamation.”

Coco Gauff

Last summer, Gauff, then 15, became the youngest player to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. At now World No.52 Coco Gauff didn’t decide to participate in the 2020 US Open. Recently She said to use her Social media platform to spread vital information regarding racism. Last week her coach Patrick Mouratoglou also said that he is proud of Coco Gauff for her stance on racism.

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What Represents Juneteenth

On Juneteenth, it means June 19th is an official holiday in Texas. The day is seen as an independence day and currently, 47 of 50 US states and the District of Columbia observe the day as an official state holiday or observance.

On this date in 1865, it marked the end of slavery. From that day onwards this is a highlight event in American History. On the 19th of June, Union army general Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Texas after two and a half years of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteeth Flag

Read More: Patrick Mouratoglou Salutes Serena Williams and Coco Gauff On BLM Protest

Although, Not only Coco Gauff, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, and many other presents and former athletes used their social media platforms to teach others importance behind the Juneteenth.


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