Voices Cry Out

Prominent Black Figures Use Social Media to Respond to George Floyd Death, Protests

Over the weekend, demonstrations swept across America in protest of the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Major cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. saw thousands take to the streets to bring attention to Floyd’s death, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, – who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes – was arrested on May 29 and charged with third-degree murder.

In response to Floyd’s death and the protests, several prominent black figures took to social media, delivering statements that expressed their anger and frustration with the treatment of black people in America.

Below are several of the statements, beginning with President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama on Medium.com

First Lady Michelle Obama

Maya Angelou

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Martin Luther King III

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Stacey Abrams

Kamala Harris

Oprah Winfrey

LeBron James

Colin Kaepernick


Michael Jordan

Tiger Woods

Quincy Jones

Ilhan Omar

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


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Thank you. Take a deep breath and let that sink in.

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