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Race & Demographics

Summer Of Racial Reckoning NPR Special: Part Two

A large group of protesters kneeling in the street in downtown Greensboro.
Naomi Prioleau
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WUNC
Protesters in Greensboro in June did the Black power salute to commemorate the murder of George Floyd.

Months into a global pandemic, a loud cry for racial justice erupted around the country and the world. Protesters took to the streets demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism and repeatedly echoed the names of three recently-killed Black Americans: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

In a new three-part series, NPR Hosts Ailsa Chang and Rachel Martin look back at the past six months and report on how we got to where we are today. In episode one, they heard stories from people who knew and loved Floyd, Taylor and Arbery. In part two, they step back and look at the system that protesters are pushing back against and hear from generations of protesters in Los Angeles about how today’s moment looks familiar.

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