On May 25, 2020, the world cried after witnessing the murder of George Floyd, a Black American, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. In remembrance of Floyd’s life and the fight against racism, Houston area activists, politicians and community leaders will present The Making of George, a deeply compelling short documentary about the creation of the George Floyd sculpture in Houston.
The sculpture, which was commissioned by Houston area entrepreneur Dannette Davis of Kay Davis Associates and created by sculptress Adrienne Rison-Isom, was erected at Tom Bass National Park in October of 2022, on what would have been Floyd’s 49th birthday.
Commissioner Rodney Ellis spoke about the significance of having the statue in his district, sharing that “Floyd’s life was a life taken far too soon, which sparked a conversation that led to a movement. We’re proud to honor him with a statue at Tom Bass Park in Harris County Precinct One and continue the conversation about his life and legacy every day.”
Floyd was a native of Houston’s Third Ward community, which prompted city officials to host the documentary screening at the Historic Emancipation Park Cultural Center steps from where Floyd attended Jack Yates High School.
“This documentary is more than just a film; it is a poignant tribute to the resilience and strength of our community. It sheds light on the story behind a powerful symbol of the ongoing fight for justice and equality.” Said Councilwoman Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz.
The 40-minute film offers an in-depth and intimate look at the emotions, thoughts, and processes involved in the creation of the monument that stands as a beacon of remembrance and call to action.
“Creating the sculpture was an emotional journey. I hope this documentary allows viewers to grasp not just the enormity of the sculpture, but also the depth of sentiment that it embodies,” said Isom, the talented artist behind the George Floyd sculpture.
The film is being sponsored by Davis and the KDITC Foundation and will be screened from 6pm to 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public, with a strong encouragement for attendees to stay and engage in the discussion sessions following the film.
The sponsors and creators of The Making of George hope the documentary will serve as a powerful tool for education and conversation in Houston and beyond, contributing significantly to the ongoing dialogue surrounding racial justice and police reform.
“This film is an essential piece in the dialogue of social justice. It presents an opportunity for us to reflect on the past, assess the present, and envision a better future,” exclaimed Davis.
For more information about the screening, visit the Historic Emancipation Park Cultural Center’s website or contact Dannette Davis at the KDITC Foundation.