On Friday (June 12), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority announced that they will provide scholarships to the daughter and granddaughters of George Floyd to attend an HBCU. Floyd was an unarmed black man that died at the hands of police brutality in Minneapolis last month.
In a press release, President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover notified Floyd’s family of the sorority’s thoughtful gift. “Since our founding in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha has endeavored to build a better world for African Americans by serving the community, advancing higher education, and fighting for social justice,” Glover wrote.
Following the senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and several others, Glover shared his thoughts on police brutality in a video posted to social media. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated strongly condemns the senseless killings of black women, black men, and our black children, in the United States, resulting from unlawful, unnecessary, and excessive use of force by police and those playing vigilante watchmen,” he said.
Earlier this month, Texas Southern University offered Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna a full ride to their institution. “The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU) honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest,” the message read. “Mr. Floyd was a lifelong citizen of the Third Ward and a revered graduate of Jack Yates High School.”
The statement continued, “The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna. TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University.”
In addition to the generous scholarships, many celebrities have also played a part in providing financial relief during this difficult time. Kanye West donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor earlier this month.