MSR hosts ‘Forefront’ roundtable on George Floyd settlement, case & media coverage

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) will host its next roundtable discussion, “MSR Forefront: Justice For George Floyd,” on Thursday, March 18 at 6 pm CST. The conversation will focus on the latest developments surrounding the death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Over the past year, the Twin Cities have served as ground zero for civil unrest as the nation renews calls for systemic and racial equity. Just this month, the Minneapolis City Council approved a record $27M civil settlement for Floyd’s death, and the trial for Derek Chauvin, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s killing, is now underway.

The MSR has called on city activists, media, and thought-leaders to explore how Floyd’s death continues to impact the national conversation for equity, the role media coverage plays in informing communities, and what justice should look like.

“We hope during this time of unrest and pandemic, that we continue to inspire, inform, and engage our community surrounding issues that matter,” said MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard. “And that’s the purpose of this important discussion.”

Featured speakers include:

  • Nekima Levy Armstrong — lawyer/activist/founder, Racial Justice Network
  • Georgia Fort — journalist/founder, BLCK Press
  • D.A. Bullock —  filmmaker, story activist
  • Mary Moriarty — former chief Hennepin County public defender

The roundtable discussion will focus on the panelists’ work, recommendations, and calls to action to end police violence, along with next steps for the community. Stephenetta Harmon, former MSR editor-in-chief and founder Sadiaa, will moderate the discussion.

The virtual conversation will stream live Thursday, March 18, 6 pm CST on MSR’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and

About MSR Forefront
MSR Forefront is a roundtable discussion series dedicated to exploring issues pertinent to Black communities in Minnesota and beyond. The bi-weekly series brings together elected officials, organizations, and thought leaders for candid and authentic conversations, addressing everyday issues, concerns, and questions.

About Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) enjoys a living legacy as the oldest Black-owned newspaper in the state of Minnesota and one of the longest-standing, family-owned newspapers in the country. Each week, the newspaper’s diverse staff creates original content for its print publication, along with daily content for its website that speak to stories of human interest from a Black perspective. The MSR’s mission is to provide timely news and information focused on community empowerment and education while championing underrepresented voices. More than just a newspaper, this includes creating content that not just informs, but also inspires, educates and encourages conversations that go beyond today’s news headlines.