There are several books out there that address George Floyd and his legacy. From books aimed at teaching children about racism, to a 240-page book of essays produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.
But one book is set to come out on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death that will no doubt go deeper than any previous examination of the Houston native’s life.
Book publisher Viking this week announced, “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” will tell the story of the Screwed Up Click rapper through a history of his family, going back to their time working in North Carolina tobacco fields.
The book will conclude with Floyd’s murder at age 46 in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Derek Chauvin, the former officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck in social media videos seen around the world, was sentenced in May after being found guilty of murder and manslaughter. The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into policing in Minneapolis.
“Placing his narrative within the larger context of America’s deeply troubled history of institutional racism, this new book will reveal how systemic racism shaped George Floyd’s life and legacy,” the publisher says in a statement.
The book is being written by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa and came out of their six-part reporting series that appeared in the paper, “George Floyd’s America”.
“When we first set out on this reporting journey, we told George Floyd’s friends and family that our mission was to understand his soul. And in trying to understand George Floyd’s life, we learned about a man who was complicated, loving, ambitious — someone who never gave up on a dream to make a difference in this world, despite the barriers that stood in his way. We are thrilled to introduce readers to the person we got to know and to illustrate what his life and legacy can teach us about race, racism and the pursuit of the American dream, ” Samuels says in the statement.
Floyd’s ties to the Bayou City play a huge part in his life. “This biography of George Floyd shows the athletic young boy raised in the projects of Houston’s Third Ward who would become a father, a partner, a friend, and a man constantly in search of a better life,” reads the entry for the book on the publisher’s website.
“His name is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” comes out May 17, and can be pre-ordered, here.