Momentum is gathering in the United States to make Juneteenth a paid federal holiday.
The occassion, which marks in the end of slavery in the US, is gaining extra significance this year because of George Floyd’s killing and the black lives matter protests.
Girish Sawlani looks back at the history behind Juneteenth.
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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.