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In Conversation with Robert Samuels: His Name Is George Floyd

Robert Samuels for His Name is George Floyd


A poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.


His Name Is George Floyd reveals how systemic racism shaped Floyd’s life and legacy—from his family’s history in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change.

On May 25, 2020, the world was indelibly changed by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death set off a series of protests in the United States and around the world, awakening millions to the dire need for reimagining this country’s broken system of policing. But behind a face that would be graffitied onto countless murals, and a name that has become synonymous with civil rights, there is the reality of one man’s stolen life: a life beset by suffocating systemic pressures that ultimately proved inescapable.

Placing George Floyd’s narrative within the larger context of America’s enduring legacy of institutional racism, His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice (Viking; on-sale 5/17/22) is a landmark biography by prizewinning Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa. Drawing on over 400 interviews, including with friends and family who knew him best, and those who were with him when he died, the authors offer a poignant, empathetically reported, and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.

Robert Samuels will stay to sign books after the reading and Q&A session.

About The Authors:

Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter for the Washington Post who focuses on the intersection of politics, policy, and people. He previously told stories about life in the District for the Post’s social issues team. Samuels joined the Post in 2011 after spending nearly five years working at the Miami Herald.

Toluse Olorunnipa is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post. He joined the Post in 2019 and previously covered the White House. Before that, he spent five years at Bloomberg News, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida.