When President Trump last week scheduled a campaign rally on June 19th, or Juneteenth, it drew immediate criticism.
It is a holiday for many, but in the era of global Black Lives Matter protests it has an even greater significance.
What does June 19th mean in 2020?
[Voxpops in Sacramento, California.] "I didn't even grasp what the concept was, I had no idea." "In all of my schooling here in California, I'd never heard of it." "It's the end of slavery and it might be when the last state heard about it." Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day.
It marks the moment in 1865, after the end of the American Civil War, when the last group of black slaves were finally freed.
U.S. President Donald Trump, pressed on the issue of Black Lives Matter at the final presidential debate Thursday said, "I'm the least racist person in this room." Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blasted that as empty rhetoric, adding, "This guy has a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn."
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[NFA] Demonstrators decried a grand jury decision not to charge three officers for killing Breonna Taylor, marching through the streets of Louisville despite a curfew. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
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Occurred on June 19, 2020 / Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, USA Info from Licensor: "2020 Juneteenth celebration, BLM rally in rural America and it's opposing views on BLM movement. This was filmed in Greene..