- Gianna Floyd, the six-year-old daughter of George Floyd whose death sparked protests in the US has received a university scholarship
- Gianna will be given a place at the Texas Southern University if she is interested in pursuing her education there
- The University announced the news on the day George Floyd was laid to rest
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The 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd who died while a white police officer kneeled on his neck has received a full university scholarship.
In a post seen by Briefly.co.za on the official Facebook page of the Texas Southern University, it was categorically stated that the university has decided to honour the memory of George Floyd with the gesture.
On the day George Floyd was laid to rest, Texas Southern University announced it would give a full scholarship.
"TSU's Board of Regents, with its foundation board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd's beloved daughter, Gianna," the statement said.
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The board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, approved the fund to provide a full scholarship for six-year-old Gianna.
TSU’s executive and academic staff are therefore poised to prepare a place for young Floyd on the condition that she wishes to attend the renowned university.
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Meanwhile, former President Thabo Mbeki has joined the list of former heads of states who have spoken out about the murder of George Floyd.
"The response we have witnessed in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in the United States is a reflection of pent-up feelings of frustration at the persistence of racism and that black lives have not mattered in that country."
Mbeki indicated that there is an urgent need for the criminal justice system in the US to be reformed and reaffirmed that the problem of the colour line, first given prominence by civil rights activist WEB du Bois in 1990, remained a challenge in the 21st century.
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