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Central Floridians To Honor George Floyd One Year After His Death

Claire Elise holds a painting of George Floyd. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Claire Elise holds a painting of George Floyd. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Art of Justice, the Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Florida and other organizations under The Movement Coalition will honor George Floyd in Orlando one year after his murder.

Lawanna Gelzer,  President of the Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Florida, said even though Floyd’s killer was convicted, the fight is long from over.

“The future is that we cannot idly sit by and think that because the verdict came in, said Gelzer. "It should have. This man committed murder in front of people. That the problem has cease to exist. The fight continues. We must fight for those families who are losing loved ones to police violence.”

Gelzer said there needs to be more policy changes to protect citizens equally. 

"So when I see them at City Council meeting getting involved as soon as the police review board meetings, getting involved in the policy changes, then I know what we're doing is making a difference, because that's what we need to focus on energy," said Gelzer. "Marching and visuals is to bring attention, but the fight continues and the work continues after."

Tonight’s vigil honoring Floyd’s memory will be at 7 p.m. at Lake Eola’s Northeast lawn, at the corner of East Robinson Street and Lake Eola Drive.

If you plan on attending, organizers are asking that everyone wear a face mask. 

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.