Demonstrations, rallies and gatherings to mark Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery, are taking place in several US cities today, including Chicago, New York, Tulsa, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.
In the nation's capital, CNN correspondent Pete Muntean described the scene: There's a march being led by pro-athletes from the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics that is underway and is headed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
"They want to use their platform to try to effect real substantive change against racial injustice, racial inequity, police violence here in the country. In front of the group there is Natasha Cloud. She is a Mystics player, a national championship team, and here in Washington, these players are heroes. They are revered. And she says they are people first and players second," Muntean described.