George Floyd Memorial Day

Memorial Day fell on on May 25 in 2020 and I posted: Memorial Day 2020: Remembering Those Who Died of COVID-19. But by the end of the day, a dog walker named Amy Cooper had called the police on a bird watcher named Christian Cooper in Central Park, and Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin leaned on the neck of George Floyd, killing him — and May 25, 2020 became a Memorial Day all its own.
On the anniversary of Floyd’s death, below are some of the pictures and links to posts over the past year.

“Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.” Watch George Floyd Memorial Service in Minneapolis

Black Lives Matter on Stage. Relevant Theater to Watch Online

George Floyd’s Brother Testifies: Is $20 what a black man is worth?

“Pushing through a lot of pain” — Broadway for Black Lives Matter Again, Day 2

Black Theater Matters

Juneteenth 2020 Performances Online and Demonstrations In the Streets

Les Blancs Review. Lorraine Hansberry’s final play, about reckoning and resistance in Africa

Watch #WhileWeBreathe anthology and read my review

The Black Emperor of Broadway. Charles Gilpin, Eugene O’Neill’s Great Forgotten Actor

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Victory Speech Video and Transcript: “Democracy was on the ballot”

Until The Flood Review. Ferguson Shooting Revisited

Between The World And Me on HBO: This is Us

Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock Victory Speech Video and Transcript: Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning

“A country that is bruised, but whole”: Amanda Gorman reads her Inauguration poem, The Hill We Climb

Black Liberation Reading List, Theater Division

Celebrating Iconic African American Performers

“This is Jim Crow in new clothes.” Senator Raphael Warnock’s Maiden Floor Speech on the need for new voting rights laws. Video and Transcript

Until the Flood at Studio Theatre. Ferguson’s police killing, before George Floyd and Daunte Wright and…

“Our job now is to honor George Floyd”: Harris, Biden on Chauvin conviction. Video and transcript

A Mother’s Rite. A dance of grief after another police killing of an unarmed Black man

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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