Associated press wrote the literary and human rights group PEN America wants to honer the teenager who filmed the black man Gorge Floyd’s death .
The name of that teenager is Darnella Frazie ,he is 17 and filmed the police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. the film showed the black man on the ground begging for his life and saying that “I can’t breathe“.
Following the incident, the bystander footage went viral, sparking a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country.
For her actions Frazier will receive the PEN/Benenson Courage Award.
“With nothing more than a cell phone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said on Tuesday.
Speaking to the AP, Nossel said Frazier faced a great deal of backlash for her actions.
“People were accusing her of being in it for the money, or for being famous, or were asking why she didn’t intervene. And it was just left this way. We wanted to go back and recognize and elevate this singular act.”
In an interview with the Star Tribune in May, Frazier said taping the situation was instinctual, and she hoped to ensure that what happened to Floyd would not go unnotived.
She said she hoped her video would help to lead to “peace and equality. We are tired of [police] killing us.”
Frazier will share her award with former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Yovanovitch, a 34-year veteran of the State Department, retired in January after being recalled and pushed out by President Trump. Yovanovitch was a key witness in the House impeachment hearings that began at the end of last year.
In lieu of its annual gala, an online event will be hosted on Dec. 8 to celebrate Frazier and other award recipients.