By Jill Fox
At the virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 3, the Parkland City Commission unanimously agreed to hold a community-wide solidarity event to shine a light on racial injustice.
On Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m., Parkland residents are encouraged to stand for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a tribute to George Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25 when an officer knelt on his neck for the same amount of time.
Residents can choose to light a candle, shine a flashlight, or carry a sign while uniting with their neighbors and taking a stand.
Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said this is a physically distant way to connect as a community and show solidarity against racial injustice.
“I want the members of our community, our friends, and our neighbors to know they are seen and heard,” she said, “We acknowledge them, and we stand with them.”
Anger sparked following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a Minneapolis policeman, setting off protests around the world.
A curfew was put in place for all of Broward County on Sunday night after rumors of local protests surfaced throughout the community. However, Broward County’s Administrator lifted the Emergency Curfew Order on Wednesday.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 10 and Randi, 7.
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