Say their names. Rest in power.

Over the past seven weeks, I’ve shared the stories of forty-eight Black Americans who died unjustly, often at the hands of the police.

  • Oscar Grant, 22, killed 1/1/2009
  • Ayiana Stanley-Jones, 7, killed 5/16/2010
  • Trayvon Martin, 17, killed 2/26/2012
  • Rekia Boyd, 22, killed 3/21/2012
  • Renisha McBride, 19, killed 11/2/2013
  • Eric Garner, 43, killed 7/17/2014
  • John Crawford III, 22, killed 8/5/2014
  • Michael Brown, 18, killed 8/9/2014
  • Ezell Ford, 27, killed 8/11/2014
  • Laquan McDonald, 17, killed 10/20/2014
  • Tamir Rice, 12, killed 11/22/2014
  • Walter Scott, 50, killed 4/4/2015
  • Freddie Gray Jr, 25, killed 4/12/2015
  • Kalief Browder, 22, hanged 6/6/2015
  • Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, killed 6/17/2015
  • Cythia Hurd, 54, killed 6/17/2015
  • Susie Jackson, 87, killed killed 6/17/2015
  • Ethel Lance, 70, killed 6/17/2015
  • DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49, killed 6/17/2015
  • Clementa Pinckney, 41, killed 6/17/2015
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, killed 6/17/2015
  • Daniel Simmons, 74, killed 6/17/2015
  • Myra Thompson, 59, killed 6/17/2015
  • Sandra Bland, 28, hanged 7/13/2015
  • Samuel Dubose, 47, killed 7/19/2015
  • Corey Jones, 31, killed 10/18/2015
  • Terrill Thomas, 38, died of thirst 4/24/2016
  • Joseph Mann, 51, killed 7/11/2016
  • Alton Sterling, 37, killed 7/5/2016
  • Philando Castile, 32, killed 7/6/2016
  • Korryn Gaines, 23, killed 8/1/2016
  • Terence Crutcher, 40, killed 9/16/2016
  • Keith Lamont Scott, 43, killed 9/20/2016
  • Jordan Edwards, 15, killed 4/29/2017
  • Aaron Bailey, 45, killed 6/29/2017
  • Ronell Foster, 33, killed 2/13/2018
  • Stephon Clark, 22, killed 3/3/2018
  • Antwon Rose Jr, 17, killed 6/19/2018
  • Botham Jean, 26, killed 9/6/2018
  • Willie McCoy, 25, killed 2/9/2019
  • Pamela Turner, 44, killed 5/13/2019
  • Elijah McClain, 23, killed 8/24/2019
  • Atatiana Jefferson, 28, killed 10/12/2019
  • Christopher Whitfield, 31, killed 10/14/2019
  • Michael Lorenzo Dean, 27, killed 12/2/2019
  • Ahmaud Arbery, 25, killed 2/23/2020
  • Breonna Taylor, 26, killed 3/13/2020
  • George Floyd, 46, killed 5/25/2020

This list is not complete by any stretch of the imagination, and it will regrettably grow longer with time.  What I have written may also contain errors, for though I researched as much as I could about the lives of these people, news about them seems less focused on their lives than their deaths.

Though this project is not over, for the time being, both for my emotional well-being and the time requirements of my job, it will be on hiatus.

I hope they can help you work through your sadness and frustration and despair, and feel that clarifying anger that will not let you to allow this to continue.  To force us to confront police brutality and white supremacy and give us the will to end it.

Black lives matter.

This entry was posted in humanify. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

fifty four − 44 =