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A Statement From President Miller on the One-Year Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder


One year ago today, we witnessed the death of George Floyd. The knee to his neck, by a Minneapolis police officer, and his resulting death changed the nation and the world. His death changed the way we think and interact with each other. It changed who we are.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked for 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence to be observed statewide at 1:00 p.m. today. I am writing to you today to add my voice to his request.

Over the past year, we have begun to have difficult conversations about equity, fairness and race. We are by no means finished, but I think it is appropriate to reflect upon the events of the last year as we all seek to better ourselves as members of the human family.

George Floyd’s life has unfortunately been lost, but in the process millions of other lives have been transformed -- into lives dedicated to decency, fairness, reason and action. Hamline University is committed to reflecting these values each and every day. We will work together to create the change we want to see in the world, in the finest human traditions.


Fayneese Miller, PhD


Image: Photo by Liz Montgomery. George Floyd Sunflower mural by Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, and Xena Goldman.