Houston mural honoring George Floyd is unveiled in front of his high school alma mater

休斯顿, 德州, leaders unveiled a two-block mural Saturday, dedicated to 乔治·弗洛伊德 and located directly in front of his alma mater, Jack Yates High School.

We come to celebrate the life and legacy of our hometown hero, 先生. 乔治·弗洛伊德,” Carl Davis, chairman for the Houston Society for Change, said during the dedication ceremony over the weekend.
弗洛伊德, 一个46岁的黑人, died in May after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck as Floyd pleaded he couldn’t breathe.
The mural in his honor was commissioned by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Houston Society for Change, 和 88 C.H.U.M.P., a non-profit social activism organization that was created by Floyd’s football teammates, CNN会员 KPRC 已报告.
    The number 88 was Floyd’s number when he played football at the high school, Davis said.
    Davis called Floyd’s life aguiding lightin the community, adding it was important the mural be placed in front of the school, “to inspire students and give a voice to the struggle for social justice in Houston and the world.
    Brittany Torres works on the mural in front of Jack Yates High School  in Houston on Saturday, 二月 6

    In his own speech during the dedication ceremony, Ellis said it was especially important to have the unveiling during Black History Month.
    It’s important for all of usto say George Floyd’s name,” Ellis said. “But we don’t stop there. The criminal justice in America and in Harris County is replete with racism, is replete with inequities and there are far too many people who look like George Floyd going to county jail who ought to be somewhere else.
    The mural was created by artist Jonah Elijah, who is also an alum of the high school, with help from other volunteers, the Houston Independent School District said in a Facebook 发布.
    According to Davis, Elijah’s work is known for capturingBlack life in America and addressing controversial issues that affect the African American community.
    After the mural was officially revealed, some of Floyd’s football teammates and classmates released balloons into the air in his honor, 一个 视频 posted by the school district shows.
      This is another public statement that the life and death of George Floyd is not in vain,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
      Because of his life and his death, reforms are being madeall over the country,” 市长说. “Even right here in the city of Houston, we are learning to do things better.