Thousands celebrate Juneteenth with anti-racism marches across US

Celebrations combined with homage to George Floyd in Minneapolis while Atlanta protesters demanded justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Tens of thousands of Americans on Friday marked the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery with anti-racism marches, peaceful rallies, bike rides and music parties celebrating blackness held across the country.

The Juneteenth celebrations took place against a backdrop of unprecedented nationwide protests demanding racial justice sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who was killed by a white police officer kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes.

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