60,000 Houstonians, including Rice students and alumni, join march for George Floyd

Rice students and alumni were among the 60,000 Houstonians who protested at the June 1 "Justice 4 George Floyd" march in Houston.

Photos by Jeff Fitlow

An estimated 60,000 Houstonians joined Houston rappers Bun B and Trae tha Truth as they led a “Justice 4 George Floyd” rally June 1, organized with Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams.

Rice students, including a contingent from Rice for Black Life, and alumni were among the crowd who gathered at downtown’s Discovery Green before marching to City Hall.

Protestors at the "Justice 4 George Floyd" march June 1 carry a banner in downtown Houston.Floyd, a Houston native who was born and raised in the Third Ward, was killed May 25 when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes during an arrest. His death has led to multiple protests across the U.S. and abroad against anti-black violence and police brutality.

Bun B — whose given name is Bernard Freeman — co-teaches the Religion and Hip Hop course at Rice with Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and founding director of the university’s Center for African and African American Studies. He has lectured at Rice since 2009.

Protestors carry "Black Lives Matter" signs at a June 1 march in Houston for George Floyd.
Floyd’s funeral is scheduled to take place in Houston June 9, preceded by a public viewing June 8. Only 500 people at a time will be allowed inside The Fountain of Praise worship center during the viewing. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is among those scheduled to attend.

About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.