The Life of George Floyd

(Rochester, NY) – George Floyd has become a symbol, and a rallying cry. But what’s missing in our understanding is the man himself: a figure who was complicated, full of ambition, shaped by his family and his community and a century of forces around him. In this special, The Washington Post explores the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement. The Life of George Floyd airs Sunday, May 23 and again May 30, 2021 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370. This special also repeats on Monday, May 31 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death, and the role systemic racism played throughout his life. The picture that emerges is one that underscores how systemic racism has calcified within many of America’s institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement, and health care.

Photo: George Floyd as a high school student studying
Credit: Provided by American Public Media


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