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.
On Friday various celebrities and A-Listers took to social media to shed light on the important day, but one Hollywood power couple took it a step further to show they’re committed to doing what they can to put a stop to social inequalities...
According to Arab News, George and Amal Clooney made an impressive donation of $500,000 (approx. Dhs1,837,000) to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to low-income prisoners who may have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.
According to People magazine, "Clooney said his donation was a response to President Donald Trump's claim that he made Juneteenth — a longstanding holiday that marks the end of slavery — 'famous.'"
"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 honor of your heroic efforts," Clooney apparently said in a statement.
Other celebrities – including Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift – shared information across their social channels in order to help educate their followers about the significance of the date and why racial inequality still exists within the United States, but the Clooneys are clearly serious about taking affirmative action by doing what they can to support causes that work towards putting a stop to social injustices.
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