George Floyd’s aunt and uncle to discuss social justice movement

A decorated wall outside of an Apple store, with art dedicated and in honor of George Floyd

Coming together for a common cause

The death of George Floyd has brought millions of people together across the United States to speak up for greater equality and equity.

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embers of the Quinnipiac community are invited to participate in a virtual discussion with George Floyd’s aunt and uncle, Angela Harrelson and Selwyn Jones at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. The hour-long discussion moderated by activist Nyle Fort, will include the social justice movement, its meaning and how we can all make a change. 

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“Our hope is for people to gain a better understanding of the disparities and social injustices that others experience,” said Greg Tack, president of the Graduate Student Council. “I hope this will inspire people to call for reform, get them thinking about what we can do, take up the call and change the biases we hold and the language we use.”

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Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who was killed while being arrested on May 25 by the Minneapolis Police for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. 

“George Floyd’s death has been the catalyst for the most sustained movement for Black lives since the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s,” said Tack. “At Quinnipiac, this movement has started a conversation about how to address bias and discrimination on campus. The university as well as several on-campus organizations released statements in support of diversity groups and students of color. President Olian released a ten-point plan laying the groundwork for reform. Implementation of anti-bias trainings and education has begun.” 

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Student Bar Association, the School of Medicine Student Government and the Graduate Student Council. 

The event is free and open to Quinnipiac students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni.