On May 25, the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of then-police officer Derek Chauvin set off nationwide protests, bringing to light racial in- justice and police brutality that Black Americans face. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was established in 2013 following the deaths of two Black men killed by police, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
There have been many occurrences of police brutality in the United States of America, having the outlook of justice seem as if it has ceased to exist. Police brutality is being exposed more and more over the past couple years, with the influx of people recording these actions. This act was witnessed yet again with a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd, who was murdered after police were called for an act of alleged forgery in a store called Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.
On Feb. 20, in Rosen Auditorium, the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion hosted a presentation titled “From Trayvon to 2020 and Beyond.” This hour-long talk brought guests through the history of the Movement for Black Lives from when Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2012 to today.