An alumni candlelight vigil honoring George Floyd will be held at Jack Yates High School today.
National and local Jack Yates alumni are invited to the vigil that is set to take place at the football field on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
Floyd died in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for close to 9 minutes, ignoring Floyd’s pleas until he eventually stopped moving.
Floyd’s alma mater released this statement:
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Posted @withregram • @realtalkjunkies As President of the Jack Yates National Alumni Association, I want to let you know that we are hosting a Candlelight Prayer Vigil, honoring OUR Alumnus, PERRY GEORGE FLOYD, c/o ‘93! DATE: Monday, June 8, 2020 TIME: 7:30 pm ATTIRE: Crimson and Gold COVID-19 Concerns: Social Distancing and Masks are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Please bring a candle with you for the ceremony! Once a Lion…Always a Lion!!! JY4LIFE
“The Alumni of Jack Yates is deeply saddened and enraged over the senseless murder of our beloved Lion. We wish to express our support for the family and friends of Mr. Floyd. We along with millions of others across the world demand Justice for this Injustice. We are asking all current and former Jack Yates Alumni to wear Crimson and Gold.”
Social distancing will be enforced at the vigil, and attendees will be required to wear masks and gloves. They are also urged to bring their own candle to the ceremony.