Young Black Woman Who Recorded George Floyd’s Death, Darnella Frazier, Won A Pulitzer Prize 

A pedestrian walks past a mural painted by artist Kenny Altidor depicting George Floyd on a sidewall of CTown Supermarket on March 9
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Darnella Frazier is the young Black woman that recorded the horrific killing of George Floyd.

As reported on Madame Noire, Pulitzer gave Frazier an award in the Special Citations and Awards category. They gave her the award for “courageously recording the murder of George Floyd [with] a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”

At the time, Frazier was 17. She walked to the corner store with her friend before seeing former cop Derek Chauvin murder George Floyd in cold blood. Frazier’s video was used as key evidence during the trial. As difficult as it might have been for her, we possibly wouldn’t have the justice we have today for Floyd without the video. 

A few months ago, Frazier’s received the PEN America’s Benenson Courage Award. 

Floyd was killed last year on May 25 after Chauvin had his knee pinned down on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. In heartbreaking footage, you can hear Floyd beg and say, “I can’t breathe.” He also called for his mother while taking his last breaths.