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9 Minutes, 29 Seconds Silent Observance: Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder
May 25 @ 12:00 pm
A year ago, George Floyd was senselessly murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who defiantly pinned him to the ground for 9 minutes and 29 seconds* with his knee pressing into Mr. Floyd’s neck despite his choked pleas to let him breathe. Broadcast footage allowed the nation to watch in horror as he endured this slow, agonizing death…and we will never be the same.
On Tuesday, May 25 at noon, the Bell Tower will ring an additional nine times in recognition of George Floyd’s final trauma. We invite you to take 9 minutes and 29 seconds at that time to reflect in silence on the violence inflicted upon and pain suffered by African American and Black people in the U.S., how our country has responded and changed over the past year, and how we can each improve our understanding, relationships and support of the BIPOC community both at Carolina and beyond. George Floyd did not die in vain – instead, he galvanized a nation and our campus.
*During the police officer’s trial, the original time of 8 minutes and 46 seconds was proven inaccurate and has been updated since to the correct time of 9 minutes and 29 seconds.