What started to be one greatest protest of the year, only happened when a teenager, Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old pulled out her cell phone, and made a recording of a Minneapolis Police officer, pressing his knee into a man’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
On May 25, George Floyd, was seen on the floor saying, “I can’t breathe” when he was been arrested by a former police officer Derek Chauvin. The mode of the arrest and the aftermath brought about a global protest against police brutality and racism worldwide, after Floyd died after the horrible incident.
Darnella who made the recording and posted it o her social media page, which went viral, has been honored for her bravery by PEN America, an organization that promotes free expression.
PEN America took to their official social media page to share her extraordinary courage as she received “2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award”.
“Darnella Frazier’s extraordinary courage in the face of grave personal danger to document the death of George Floyd changed the history of our country and the world. Congratulations to Darnella Frazier on receiving the 2020 PEN/Bennson Courage Award at our virtual #PENgala” PEN America wrote.