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.
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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
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.