Newsday interviewed eight activists — icons who played key roles in the turbulent U.S. civil rights movement, and those of a new generation of advocates and community leaders lending their voices to the current racial reckoning and push for social justice and equality. We asked those activists their views on how the nation is confronting its past and present, and their hopes for the future.
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In this documentary, Newsday chronicles the death of George Floyd and the 8:46 it took for him to die at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd’s death set off a firestorm of protest and a cry for social justice on Long Island and across the nation. Two veteran civil rights activists and two contemporary advocates offer their views on the current protests.
Newsday Anchor: Faith Jessie
Reporters: Dandan Zou and Daysi Calavia-Robertson
Editors: Monte R. Young, Jeffrey L. Williams, Robert Shields
Deputy editor: Tara Conry
Social media: Gabriella Vukelic
Video editors: Susan Yale, Raychel Brightman, Bobby Cassidy
Photo editor: William Perlman
Transcriber: Kathleen Diamond