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
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