Croydon will stand in solidarity with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities around the world this evening, as it lights the town hall purple to remember George Floyd.
Tonight (Tuesday), as dusk falls, the building will be illuminated in purple light in memory of the 46-year-old American and to show the world, Croydon stands strongly and proudly in its support of those protesting peacefully against racism and injustice across the world.
Mr Floyd died while being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis on Monday 25 May. His death is being treated as murder and a criminal investigation is under way in the United States.
“George Floyd’s death is truly shocking and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the wider Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community both in Minneapolis and around the world.
“Croydon’s wonderful diversity is one of our borough’s greatest strengths and assets, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with all those fighting racism and fighting for justice.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Councillor Patsy Cummings, Croydon’s BAME champion, added: “Our message is loud and it is clear, Black Lives Matter across the globe and justice must be served. I am proud to champion Croydon’s BAME community and by lighting the Town Hall purple tonight, we will show Croydon supports all communities fighting racism and violent oppression.”