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George Floyd's sister helps establish 'Be His Legacy' internship for Black men at Texas A&M-Commerce
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It's been nearly six months since George Floyd died, but his family continues to find new ways to ensure his memory lives on.

The Minneapolis resident with deep ties to Houston’s Third Ward now has a new initiative named in his honor, brought to you by way of a partnership between Texas A&M University and the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, which is led by his sister Bridgett.

The "Be His Legacy" Internship Program aims to eliminate police brutality, promote social justice and protect the civil rights of people of color and will be available to student members of the African American Male Mentorship Program at A&M-Commerce, where Floyd played college basketball.

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“This program aims to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for Black men who are interested in all aspects of civic engagement, education and justice–from voter engagement and education to PR, marketing, lobbying and fundraising,” said Jayson Douglas, associate director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership, in a statement.

Bridgett added that the foundation is excited to have interested students help move the work forward in honor of her late brother.

Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, 2020, when officer Derek Chauvin kneeled in his neck for nearly eight minutes, even as he repeatedly uttered the words "I can't breathe." His death launched the nation into civil unrest, leading to the largest number of protests and arrests since the Vietnam War, according to Washington Post staff writers.

Chauvin was eventually fired from the police department and is currently facing second-degree manslaughter and second-degree unintentional murder charges. Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, who were at the scene of the incident and did nothing to assist Floyd, are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Applications for the internship are available on the George Floyd Memorial Foundation's website. The internship is slated to begin in January 2021.

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