Millions of people in the United States are celebrating Juneteenth, a day when African-Americans have traditionally marked the ending of slavery. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)
But after the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country and an urgent debate about racial justice and equality, Juneteenth has taken on a far wider significance.
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In This Story: George Floyd
George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.