“His Name is George Floyd”

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“His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice.”

A landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd’s life and legacy—from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the singular story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change.

*Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
*Finalist for the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize
*Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize
*A BCALA 2023 Honor Nonfiction Award Winner

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A chronicle of the racial awakening... I hope everyone will read — Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Series | Born With Two Strikes,” a special six-part report from The Washington Post, examined systemic racism and racial injustice in the post-civil rights era, addressing issues including housing, education, health-care, policing and criminal justice through the lens of George Floyd’s life. The series received the George Polk Award for Justice Reporting, an Online Journalism Award, and the inaugural Shaufler Prize from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Read the series here.

This extraordinary book brings to life the indispensable context of systemic racism  — Abby Phillip

The Podcast | “The Life of George Floyd,” a special episode of the Post Reports podcast by the Washington Post audio team, tells the story of Floyd’s family, his upbringing and how racism hobbled his ambition — a story reflecting the lives of so many Americans. The hourlong episode, including interviews with Olorunnipa and several other Washington Post journalists, received a Peabody Award.

Listen to the podcast here.

Watch Trevor Noah present the Peabody Award: