by Robin Kemp
State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex), who sponsored the resolution creating Ahmaud Arbery Day in Georgia, has presented Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, with a copy of the privileged resolution at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
The event comes one day after all three men convicted of murdering Arbery were found guilty in a federal hate crimes trial, effectively guaranteeing them each life sentences.
“We have received a piece of justice from the state, but the federal indictment for this hate crime will bring the full justice to his family, the state of Georgia and the world,” Scott said in a press release.
Ahmaud’s mother filled with emotion as House Resolution 688, which honors Ahmaud Arbery, is read aloud. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/SYKd4OJqP5
— Zac Summers (@ZacOnTV) February 23, 2022
@AhmaudsMom Wanda Cooper Jones says “changing laws is the first step… Next is changing minds and the perceptions of black men” at @AhmaudThe‘s remembrance for Ahmaud Arbery on the 2 year anniversary of his death, henceforth Ahmaud Arbery Day @wabenews #AhmaudArbery pic.twitter.com/3td26z14hQ
— Christopher Alston (@CalstonChris) February 23, 2022
This evening in Brunswick, a candlelight vigil march will begin at the Ahmaud Arbery Mural, followed by a discussion event by the Transformative Justice Coalition at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Scott also encourages individuals to walk or run 2.23 miles on Feb. 23, using the hashtag #IStillRunWithMaud.
The full text of the resolution marks February 23 as Ahmaud Arbery Day henceforth in the State of Georgia:
House Resolution 688
By: Representatives Scott of the 76th, Frazier of the 126th, Boddie of the 62nd, Hogan of the 179th, and Smyre of the 135th