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Tom McKnight

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A Black Lives Matter protest in Tom McKnight's home city of Dallas, Texas

A Black Lives Matter protest in Tom McKnight's home city of Dallas, Texas

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The new leader of the Methodist Church declared that "black lives matter" as he called on the US authorities to "stand up against the evil of racism" following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Speaking prior to his installation as president last night, former US oil company lawyer Rev Dr Tom McKnight said he had been "deeply saddened by the heartrending death of George Floyd".

The ceremony in Belfast's Assembly Buildings made history because it was the first time in just over a week that two Irish Church leaders had been installed in the Presbyterian Church's headquarters.