The 21st Show

Black Lives Matter: One Year After George Floyd’s Murder

Black Lives Matter protesters at a June 2020 rally in Champaign.

Black Lives Matter protesters at a June 2020 rally in Champaign. Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

On May 25, 2020, a white Minneapolis police officer murdered a black man, George Floyd, by placing his kneed on his neck. The killing was recorded on cell phone video. Since then, millions of people worldwide participated in protests demanding justice for Floyd and other people of color who have died at the hands of police. His death sparked a year of unprecedented protests and conversations about deep seeded racism. 

The Black Lives Matter movement is now considered to possibly be the largest in U.S. history, and to speak more about the development of the movement within the last year in Illinois are a panel of guests. 


Nancy Maxwell, Activist, and founding member of the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition 

Drake Materre, Member of Black Students for Revolution and the Co-Founder Champaign County Anti Racist Coalition

Leslie Rolfe, Activist from Rockford, Member of the May 30th Alliance

Sunshine Clemons, Co-founder & Co- President of Black Lives Matter Springfield Chapter

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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