Juneteenth March brought thousands to the streets of NYC (pics, video)
June 19, aka Juneteenth, the anniversary of the end of slavery in the US, isn't a federal holiday yet, but in a press conference on Friday morning (6/19), Mayor Bill de Blasio said that beginning in 2021, it would be in NYC. That announcement came at the beginning of a day filled with protests, rallies, marches, and celebrations of Juneteenth throughout the five boroughs. Mass protests against police brutality and racism have been ongoing since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police a few weeks ago, and Friday was in some ways a continuation of that action. The extra significance of the day, however, brought thousands of people to the street to participate, show support, and pay tribute.
One of places they gathered was in Lower Manhattan, where the Keith Institute held the inaugural Juneteenth March on City Hall. Following presentations by speakers at the nearby African Burial Ground National Monument, and an eight minute moment of silence in honor of George Floyd, the group, which numbered around several thousand, marched north, chanting and holding signs. See pictures from the march in the gallery below.
Later in the evening, another group took over the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge on foot, and other groups gathered in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Washington Square Park, the Seneca Village site, Columbus Circle, and elsewhere. Check out some video clips from throughout NYC below, as well as pictures and video from a Queens Juneteenth event, where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke.