Atlantic City Area Community, Faith Leaders Come Together at George Floyd Vigil


Moment of Silence with the crowd at George Floyd Virgil at City Hall in Atlantic City on Tuesday. Photo by Nastassia Davis.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — Government and community leaders and faith leaders at City Hall Tuesday for a memorial and vigil recognizing the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died a year ago in Minneapolis while in custody publicly of the police department there. Former officer Derek Chauvin, who was recorded with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while he cried out for his life, was convicted in April for second and third-degree murder in the incident.

The video of Floyd’s death went viral around the world, sparking police brutality and racial social justice rallies and marches in all corners of the United States and the country.

Kaleem Shabazz, vice president of the city council for the City of Atlantic City, organized the vigil. Mayor Marty Small Sr. and Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner spoke at the event along with Rabbi Jonathan Kremer and Cantor Jacqueline Menaker of Shirat Hayam in Ventor, and Rev. Stafford Miller, of Asbury United Methodist Church.

“May 25th marks one year since George Floyd was brutally and wantonly murdered before the world,” Shabazz said. “His death caused a world-wide reaction of outrage, horror and cries for change.

“After the commentaries move on to another subject, after the TV specials are over, after the tributes are taken up, we must persist. We must resolve to fight on for justice, for change for equity, respect and dignity at the hands of those we pay to protect and serve. The #NAACP is committed to the position that George Floyd did not die in vain,” Shabazz concluded.

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