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Organizers of the Chicago Peace March lead a march in Chicago to celebrate Juneteenth. Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

People across the U.S. participated in Juneteenth celebrations on Friday, the date that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

Why it matters: The celebrations come as the Black Lives Matter movement experiences a revitalization in the wake of George Floyd's death. Protests have consumed the country over excessive use of force by police — bringing racial inequality back into the forefront of America's consciousness.

Tulsa City Council member Vanessa Hall-Harper poses in front of a monument to the 1921 Black Wall Street massacre. Photo: Photo: Lawrence Bryant/Reuters
New murals line Atlanta streets after the police killing of Rayshard Brooks, sparking a fresh round of protests. Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Organizers of the Juneteenth Candlelight Vigil for the victims of police violence addresses the crowd at the General Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Va. Photo: Eze Amos/Getty Images
Community members gathered at the Say Their Names Cemetery for a candlelight vigil honoring men and women who died at the hands of police brutality in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
A speaker talks to thousands of protesters in Brooklyn, N.Y. as they peacefully marched across the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the Unite NY 2020. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images
A family poses during Rebuild Black Wall Street in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

Go deeper: Juneteenth grows across the U.S.

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Sep 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for equality "brick by brick, case by case"

Members of Congress and guests pay their respects to the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

A bipartisan group of female lawmakers flanked the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket as she was carried down the Capitol steps today after lying in state in Sanctuary Hall.

What they're saying: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt eulogized Ginsburg as a lawyer who "won equality for women and men — not in one swift victory but brick by brick, case by case, through meticulous careful lawyering."

Trump unveils plan to expand loans for Black business owners, Juneteenth pledge

President Trump unveiled what he calls the "Black Economic Empowerment — Platinum Plan," at a campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, promising to secure more lending for Black-owned businesses if elected for a second term.

Why it matters: With national polls showing the president lagging behind Joe Biden with Black voters, Trump's plan also includes a proposal to make Juneteenth — the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. — a federal holiday.

Sep 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump warns of post-voting "dispute," wants "friendly transition"

President Trump, after twice declining to commit to a peaceful transition of power, told a 9 p.m. "Make America Great Again" rally in Newport News, Va. that he would only lose if there was "mischief."

What he's saying: "That's the only way we're gonna lose is if there's, uh, mischief — mischief, and it'll have to be on a big scale. So be careful. And we do want a very friendly transition. But we don’t want to be cheated, and be stupid," he said.

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