Juneteenth events in US take on wider significance after George Floyd death

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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