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Press Statement May 25, 2023

NAACP President and CEO Remembers George Floyd on the Three-Year Anniversary of His Murder

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May 25, 2023

Contact: Chyna Fields,


WASHINGTON – Today, as the nation solemnly commemorates the three-year anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd, NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson released the following statement to pay tribute to his life and demand immediate police reform and policy change throughout the nation:

"Three years ago today, George Floyd was murdered by uniformed police officers. Floyd's death ignited a wave of protests and demonstrations against systemic racism around the world and sparked long overdue discussions on racial justice in the United States. In the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, Black Americans continue to grapple with countless injustices as a consequence of a broken law enforcement system and the fear that comes from just being Black in America. Now, more than ever, police accountability remains a top priority. Black America won't wait any longer. The fundamental change we demand is no longer an option but imperative and until we see the passage of comprehensive police reform, like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act from the last Congress, we know that innocent lives will continue to be at risk." 



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.