Black Lives Matter
25 May is the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an event which was instrumental in the development and spread of the Black Lives Matter movement. Following a public consultation exercise in 2021, a new pillar inscription in 2022 at the Rose marks 25 May and Black Lives Matter.
The wording on the inscription refers to George Floyd’s death and states ‘No person should put their knee, chain or noose on another’s neck because of their colour’.
Revd Edson Dube, who led the campaign to have the inscription on behalf of the MK Council of Faiths said: ‘25 May is a date which globally will forever be commemorated and remembered for the crime that was committed against Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis. This date is one of deep importance to both the city and the people of Milton Keynes as the date stands as a consistent reminder of the need to eradicate hate, racism and prejudice from our community and the world.’