Girl Who Witnessed George Floyd’s Murder Tells Her Story in New Children’s Book
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – On May 25, 2020, a crowd of people in south Minneapolis watched as George Floyd breathed his last. Among the witnesses was a 9-year-old girl. On Friday, Judeah Reynolds will share her story through a children’s picture book. FOX 9 met the young author before her big debut.
As he reads the pages of his new children’s book ‘A Walk to the Store’, 11-year-old Reynolds shares a story of fear, tragedy and strength.
“We yelled at them to stop, other people yelled too. We yelled for a very long time, we saw a man get killed,” Reynolds said.
Her story begins in South Minneapolis on the evening of May 25, 2020. She and her cousin, Darnella Frazier, are heading to a store on 38th and Chicago when they encounter George Floyd and the Minneapolis police.
“I just thought I was going to the store to buy candy as a normal little girl,” Reynolds said.
“A Walk to the Store” by Judeah Reynolds. (FOX 9)
The illustrations in the book depict the moments leading up to Floyd’s death. Frazier’s cellphone video captured it all. In images seen around the world, there is Judeah, 9, wearing a teal T-shirt with the word “Love” on it.
“Sometimes when I don’t want to talk, I hear someone say, you got this,” she said.
The day before the book was released, Reynolds stopped by Jenny Bonde and Marsha D Carter’s salon in south Minneapolis for a date. “It’s exciting and good because I’ve always wanted to write a book myself,” says Reynolds.
Witness to a dark moment in history, this young author hopes to be a light.
“You don’t have to be afraid of things all the time, you can all be brave and strong and fight for it because sometimes you have to fight for things and be brave for things,” Reynolds says.
“A Walk to the Store” was co-written by Sheletta Brundidge and Lilly Coyle.
Reynolds will host a book distribution event Friday in north Minneapolis. October 14 would have been George Floyd’s 49th birthday (details below).
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