Special Citation Pulitzer Prize has been presented to Darnella Frazier, the adolescent who filmed George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, for her work.
The Pulitzer Prize Board convened at Columbia University on June 7 and 8 to pick the winners for the 2021 award. The winners were revealed on Friday, June 11, following a two-day meeting. Awarded for “courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” Frazier, now 18 years old, was recognized “for courageously recording George Floyd’s death, a video that prompted protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
Frazier, who was 17 at the time of Floyd’s death, recently spoke up about the “terrible life-changing event” he had while recording the track.
“I am now, and I am still carrying the weight and pain of what I witnessed a year ago,” she said in a lengthy social media post commemorating the incident’s one-year anniversary. “Things are a little simpler today, but I’m not the same person I used to be.” It was as if a piece of my youth had been removed from me. “My 9-year-old cousin, who watched the same tragedy as I did, has had a piece of her childhood torn away from her.”
Even though this was a life-altering experience for her, she expressed her pride in herself in a written statement. “If it hadn’t been for my video, the world would have been completely unaware of the truth. That is something I own. Although my film did not save George Floyd, it did succeed in putting his murderer behind bars and off the streets.”
During a trial in April, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter after he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2016, according to the prosecution. He is set to be sentenced on June 25, and he risks a maximum sentence of 40 years in jail if found guilty.
Their website states that the Pulitzer board is “mostly consists of senior journalists or news executives from media outlets across the United States, as well as five academics or individuals in the arts.” The dean of Columbia Journalism School and the administrator of the Prizes are both nonvoting members of the committee.”
When this article was written, Frazier had not commented on her achievement, but she joined a long list of renowned figures who have received a Special Citation in the past, including Ida B. Wells, Hank Aaron, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, and Alex Haley.