Remembering George Floyd: Here's How You Can Honor His Memory a Year Later

Shannon Haynes talks to her son Ronald Haynes about George Floyd in front of a memorial following in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo Courtesy: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

"One year ago, the story of a single man, a father, a brother, a son, stopped the world in its tracks and made us all take a deep look at who we truly are, [at] the racism embedded in our society, and the path to justice that maybe now feels within our reach," the George Floyd Memorial Fund posted on Instagram this morning. 

Today, May 25, 2021, marks a year since George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. A little over a month ago, on April 20, 2021, Chauvin was convicted of all three murder charges, but, as the Movement for Black Lives notes, “A guilty verdict did not change what we know to be true: a racist system will never deliver justice for our people.”

While awaiting the verdict, folks across social media platforms shared a similar concern: The whole world saw the murder take place, but, given the long history of police brutality and the treatment of Black folks in America, the outcome felt disturbingly uncertain. “The fact that we know what the verdict SHOULD be but remain unsure of what it WILL be speaks volumes about our nation,” National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) tweeted. “We have work to do.” 

The need to seek justice for Black folks, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, led "half a million people [to turn] out in nearly 550 places across the United States." And that was on just one day — one day in a movement that has inspired protestors to keep showing up for the last several months. In fact, according to researcher Erica Chenoweth and the Crowd Sourcing Consortium, "15 million to 26 million people in the United States" alone have participated in protests since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, leading many to call the Black Lives Matter movement quite possibly the "largest movement in U.S. history."

But, as Gorman said, there’s work to be done — a lot of work. “Since May 25th, 2020, police have killed at least 225 Black people, and there have only been six days in 2021 where police did not kill someone,” the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) stated on their Instagram page. “George Floyd, Ma’Khia Bryant, Tony McDade, and many others who have lost their lives deserve a new approach to keeping our communities and us safe.”