George Floyd: One Year Later

May 25, 2021

Today, along with our partners and peers, we acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

One year ago today, the murder of George Floyd fundamentally shifted the way that millions of Americans thought about race and justice. But for many others, it was simply another brutal chapter in an ongoing history of racism and violence that has plagued our nation since its inception. The past year has challenged us to reframe our approach to driving real change, and has underscored the critical need to listen to those in our communities with the lived experience and proximate knowledge of the challenges so many face, to recognize their brilliance and empower them without constraint. We must dismantle the barriers to equity - in our communities, and in our own work.

Our research, data and resources provide valuable inputs, but only if they are coupled with the voices and insights of a much broader range of people and organizations. There will be no shortage of statements like this one today - it is important to acknowledge our shared humanity, and remember the life and legacy of George Floyd and other victims of racism and violence. But we must also remember that the best learning happens when we listen. In the end, what we say today is just a start – it is what we learn on our continuing journey, and how we apply those lessons, that will truly define our impact.