PR agencies and prominent industry leaders are putting out statements reflecting on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
Last month, white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man on year ago. Chauvin was filmed pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee last May for more than nine minutes, prompting demonstrations around the country. Floyd’s death was also a catalyst for businesses to examine the treatment of Black Americans and pledge DEI initiatives.
A year later, many industry leaders are acknowledging that much more needs to be done.
Today marks exactly one year since George Floyd was murdered. While today is a day for reflection, it is also a day of action. Encourage someone you know to speak up, to ensure our collective voices are heard. #JusticeForGeorge https://t.co/6l4VfEmcHJ— APCO Worldwide (@apcoworldwide) May 25, 2021
One year ago we watched as the tragic murder of George Floyd ignited a movement that reverberated around the world. As we honor George Floyd’s life today, we must also reaffirm the shared responsibility we have to preserve his legacy and the impact he has had. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/hCXNDjr4YJ— Ogilvy (@Ogilvy) May 25, 2021
Today we remember George Perry Floyd Jr., whose tragic death raised the collective consciousness and fueled an ongoing racial justice movement. May he rest in power. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/MSKAz98ZBA— Ketchum (@KetchumPR) May 25, 2021
Today our hearts go out to George Floyd's family and all of our communities and colleagues who carry the weight of these tragedies, who live and relive this violence. Today we recognize and support Black people everywhere who need – and deserve – equity and justice.— Weber Shandwick (@WeberShandwick) May 25, 2021
On this day of reflection, we're honored to have a conversation with artist/activist Hamilton Glass, who used the pain of George Floyd’s murder to bring life to Mending Walls, a project that hopes to bring about healing through public art. https://t.co/ZARGVqTKCc #MendingWallsRVA pic.twitter.com/MG5H9iAaVJ— Padilla (@Padilla_Comm) May 25, 2021