Tuesday, May 25, 2021, marks one year since the tragic murder of George Floyd. The City and community partners will honor Mr. Floyd’s legacy with a series of memorial activities and pay tribute to all victims of police violence.
This week, we urge all Philadelphians to reflect on the tremendous legacy George Floyd leaves behind and on how we can continue to work together to enact police reform and dismantle institutional racism.
Use #PhillyiPledge on social media to commit to one big or small action you can take to support Black and brown communities and combat systemic racism.
Film screening: We Breathe, We Live: Brotherly Love Protest Stories
Monday, May 24, 2021 | 9 p.m.
We Breathe, We Live: Brotherly Love Protest Stories presents the first-person experiences of seven men of color from a variety of backgrounds who participated in the George Floyd-inspired Black Lives Matters protests during the summer of 2020 in Philadelphia. The film was produced in collaboration with the DBHIDS Engaging Males of Color initiative and First Person Arts. The powerful, emotional stories—woven together with conversations about race, trauma, and healing—will air on WHYY on Monday, May 24.
Watch the film on WHYY’s site (available until June 24, 2021).
Multi-faith prayer vigil
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.
Reverend Naomi Washington Leaphart, Director of the City’s Office of Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs and other faith leaders will host an interfaith prayer live-streamed on the Office of Public Engagement’s Facebook page.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 9:25 p.m.
At 9:25 p.m., the official time of George Floyd’s passing, please join us for a citywide prayer for healing, peace, and strength to continue deep and lasting reform in whatever manner aligns with your faith.
Boathouse Row and buildings illuminated
Area buildings, landmarks and bridges will light the city gold in memory of George Floyd and all victims of police violence on May 25. The buildings below will be lit up in gold:
- Boathouse Row
- One Liberty Place
- Two Liberty Place
- Subaru of America
- FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, Cira Centre and Cira South Garage
- 1900 Market Street
- 1901 Market (Independence Blue Cross)
- PECO Crown Lights
- Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
- Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers)
Community Healing Circle
Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.
Last month the City created safe spaces for people to talk, vent, and process their emotions in communion with other residents by hosting virtual Community Healing Circles on Zoom. These Community Healing Circles are intended to help residents share their feelings and find community and support from neighbors.
Care as a first response: a toolkit for creating safe spaces
The City created the Care as a First Response Toolkit highlighting safe ways that individuals and organizations can offer for people to talk about racism, racial identity, equity, justice, and the way these forces shape our society.