His Name Is George Floyd

His Name Is George Floyd

One man’s life and the struggle for racial justice

Summary

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Who was George Floyd? What did he hope for? What was life like for him? And why has his death been the catalyst for such a powerful global response?

The murder of George Floyd sparked a fiery summer of activism and unrest all over the world in 2020, with peaceful protests sometimes erupting into violent clashes. From Shetland to Sao Paolo, from Honolulu to Hobart, people marched under the Black Lives Matter banner, decrying Floyd's death and demanding an end to racial injustice. The movement has led corporations to redouble their efforts, universities to refocus on inclusion, and government officials to examine the causes of systemic inequality.

Drawing on The Washington Post's unrivalled archives, in-depth reporting and award-winning series on Floyd, His Name Is George Floyd is a definitive biography that dives deep into the myriad ways that structural racism shaped Floyd's life and death. Telling his personal story within the context of America's troubled race history, it features fresh and exclusive reporting as well as unparalleled access to Floyd's family and the people who were closest to the man whose name has become one of the most recognized on the planet.

By zooming in for an intimate portrait of this one, emblematic life, while also pulling back to profile the institutions that shaped it, the authors deliver a powerful exploration of institutional racism and of a public reckoning of unprecedented breadth and intensity.

© Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Reviews

  • 'In this age of misinformation, where the victims of police killings are made out to be the problem, this humanising of Floyd is necessary... Samuels and Olorunnipa's greatest triumph is placing Floyd's life in the context of white supremacy.'
    Observer

About the authors

Robert Samuels

Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter at The Washington Post. He has traveled across the United States over the course of three presidencies to write human stories about politics, race and the changing American identity.

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Toluse Olorunnipa

Toluse Olorunnipa is a political enterprise reporter for The Washington Post and a CNN analyst. Reporting from five continents and more than forty states during three presidencies, he has documented the real-world impact of the White House and federal policy on underserved communities.
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