Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, Inspires Local Students to Fight for Justice

By WBOK Staff

Friday, November 19, 2021

Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, visited New Orleans to inspire local students at the Student Resiliency Pep Rally on Friday, Nov. 12th held at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Convocation Center. Floyd continues to keep the memory of his brother George Floyd alive, after his death in 2020 sparked protests and conversations about police brutality all across the country and the globe. He now travels the nation speaking to young students about his brother’s story in hopes of inspiring them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

“It’s hurting me to have this conversation because I think about how young you all are, but the fact that I had to get out and I had to speak because it’s the younger generation that’s gonna change this world,” Philonise Floyd told the students.

“The fact that if it weren’t for you all getting out protesting and speaking, we wouldn’t be able to have this conversation today. My brother would just be another dead person, on a shirt, and people would still be worrying about what’s going on in America,” Floyd shared in his remarks.

InspireNOLA Charter Schools and the Alliance for Diversity and Excellence organized the student rally as a part of their Resiliency Series. On Nov. 11th, Floyd also spoke to the public at McDonogh 35 Senior High School. On the Friday, over one thousand students were able to listen to inspirational messages from several speakers including Philonise Floyd.




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