June 19, also known as Juneteenth, is a day that celebrates the official end of slavery within the United States. While every year there are celebrations throughout America to honor this special date, this year Juneteenth was highlighted more so than ever before due to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the light currently being shed on the various racial injustices that have recently taken place stateside.
Hollywood actors and other people from the film industry have raised their voices against racial inequality in the US following the death of George Floyd on May 25.
The killing of the unarmed black man at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked worldwide protests, with several actors showing up at the demonstrations.
Many actors have announced to donate millions of dollars to organizations that are fighting the injustice and discrimination against the black community.
According to People magazine, George and Amal Clooney has also come forward with an announcement that he will be donating $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative. He said his donation was a response to Trump’s claim.
Thank you President Trump for ‘making Juneteenth famous. Much like when Bull Connor made “Civil Rights” famous. My family will be donating 500 thousand dollars to the Equal Justice Initiative in honour of your heroic efforts, read Clooney’s statement referring to the day which marks the official end of slavery in the US.
Clooney’s remarks come after Trump boasted in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal saying that he had made the June holiday very famous while discussing his decision to host a campaign rally in Oklahoma amid ongoing “Black Lives Matter” protests.