The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis May 25, has moved millions of people to express outrage and frustration.
Protests in response to both Floyd’s death, and more broadly to police violence against other black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally.
Community members in Kingwood hosted a silent protest at the intersection of Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway on Saturday, June 6. This followed a large meeting in Kingwood Town Center June 1. A group of teachers organized a demonstration where for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time Floyd was pinned to the ground, attendees were encouraged to lie on the ground or observe in another manner.
The protest at the street corner saw protesters on all four corners, holding signs asking passersby to recognize their signs.
“Sometimes silence does speak louder than words,” said organizer Jay Theis.
Dozens of people participated. They held up signs with names of a various black men or women who were killed in the last five years by police. Among the long list of names was Houston native Floyd.
“Being a black female and seeing that young man call for his mom, that tore me apart,” said Lillie Fontenot, regarding the video of Floyd’s final moments.
Others stood silent for the same cause.
“I’m just here to honor the memory of George Floyd and Eric Garner and all black men and women who died unjustly by police brutality,” said resident Daniel Martin.
Theis said as a white man he has no idea how people in the black community are dealing with issues of race, police brutality and injustice. He believed the protest would be a good first step to make his community more aware.
“One thing I think is very important here is white Americans, because we often don’t understand what African Americans are going through,” Theis said. “We really need to spend some time listening to their experiences, and if we listen we will understand.”
Humble First Methodist Church held a Unity Walk the evening of June 9. The goal of the walk, organizers said, was to show unity amongst God’s people as an example to the world of all races coming together. The walk began at Hirsch Memorial Park on Main Street and ended with prayer at Humble City Hall.
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