‘Excited to build a culture of excellence’: Former Jack Yates High School student becomes the principal
Many students are now in their second week of school. They are getting used to brand new teachers and principals and, in some cases, a new way of learning. That is the case at many Houston Independent School District campuses.
George Floyd remembrance: Houston leaders to host free documentary screening marking 3rd year since his death
In remembrance of George Floyd’s life, Houston-area activists, politicians, and community leaders will present The Making of George, a short documentary about the creation of Floyd’s sculpture.
Stem Rise Program helping underrepresentation in communities of color
The STEM field is a popular field to pursue, but that popularity barely exist in communities of color. The University of Houston hopes to change underrepresentation in the third ward community by offering a free program called STEM Rise to students attending Jack Yates High School to peak their interest in this demanding industry.
HISD making counselors available to students and parents amid George Floyd verdict
School counselors were made available for students and parents at all Houston Independent School District schools to help students who may have questions or emotions they would like to talk about after the verdict rendered in the trial of an ex-cop who killed Georg Floyd.
New George Floyd mural unveiled during ceremony at Yates High School
“George Floyd…say his name George Floyd,” said George Floyd’s niece Bianca Williams. It’s been nine months since Houston native George Floyd was killed. On Saturday, his alma mater Jack Yates High School and several others honored his life in a special way. Lee also presented the Floyd family with the George Floyd Justice and Policing Bill. George Floyd may be gone, but his death sparked a movement and his name will always be remembered.
Yates High School graduate bringing Black Lives Matter mural to Third Ward community
HOUSTON – A Jack Yates High School graduate is bringing a massive mural to Houston’s Third Ward community. The Black Lives Matter-inspired street painting is located across from the school on West Alabama Street. Floyd was also a Jack Yates High School graduate. He continued: “I’m doing this because I feel like this will send out a great message to us in this community and also a message to people who don’t think Black Lives Matter. There will be a parade with students from Texas Southern University and Jack Yates High School.
‘His legacy is not going to die with us.’ HPD officers, community remember fallen Sgt. Harold Preston
One of those who came up under Preston’s watch was HPD executive assistant chief Troy Finner. Preston every step of the way,” Finner said. “If you needed something, he had the answers,” Finner said, adding Preston was not one for pomp and circumstance. Rather, Finner said Preston took policing seriously. Evans-Shabazz said that answer simple: Preston was human and treated everyone else the way he’d prefer to be treated.
Local leaders rally for justice and reconciliation
Local leaders and clergy brought Houstonians together at NRG Park Sunday evening to stand as one in the wake of George Floyds death. Floyd, 46, a Houston native, grew up in the Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football. Videos show an officer kneeling on Floyds neck, pinning him to the ground while he pleaded that he couldnt breathe. On Tuesday Floyd was laid to rest in Pearland, where he was to be entombed next to his mother. Since his death in May, demonstrations have been held across the country.
Dozens gather in downtown Houston for protest over death of George Floyd
Dozens gathered in downtown Houston Saturday during a protest over George Floyds death. The demonstration began Saturday evening at Discovery Green and made its way the Houston Police Department headquarters. The protest remained peaceful. Floyd, 46, a Houston native, grew up in the Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football. On Tuesday Floyd was laid to rest in Pearland, where he was to be entombed next to his mother.
George Floyd's Daughter to Get Full-Ride Scholarship to Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University will provide George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter with a full-ride scholarship when she's college-age. TSU will "prepare a place" for Gianna "if she wishes to attend the University," TSU said. A resolution from Texas Southern University was submitted to the Floyd family in recognition of the Third Ward community member. #TXSU #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/y4BExgAsnG Texas Southern University (@TexasSouthern) June 9, 2020This story was originally published by CBS News on June 10, 2020 at 1:19 a.m. RELATED CONTENT:Joe Biden Praises George Floyd's 'Brave' Daughter in Video MessageKanye West Gives $2 Million to Floyd, Arbery & Taylor FamiliesGeorge Floyd's Daughter Says 'Daddy Changed the World' in Moving Clip
WATCH LIVE: Jack Yates High School community honors, mourns alumnus George Floyd ahead of Tuesday funeral
HOUSTON The Jack Yates High School community is honoring and mourning alumnus George Floyd ahead of his funeral Tuesday. Floyd was killed in Minneapolis when a white police officer knelt on his neck. Before Floyd moved to Minneapolis, he was a Houston resident. He grew up in the Third Ward and attended Jack Yates High SchoolFloyd graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1992, where he helped the football team win the state title. He also played basketball there, LaTorria Lemon, spokeswoman for the funeral home, told CNN on Sunday.
George Floyds body arrives in Houston ahead of public viewing and funeral
The body of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, arrived in Houston Sunday ahead of a scheduled public viewing Monday and a funeral service Tuesday. George Floyd and his family are safely in Houston," Acevedo said in the Tweet. There will be a public viewing in Houston on Monday, June 8 followed by a private funeral service on Tuesday, June 9 at 11 a.m. Both the public viewing and private funeral will be held at The Fountain of Praise church, located at 13950 Hillcroft Ave in Houston. Click here for more information about the public viewing and funeral.
What you need to know this week in Houston: What you need to know about George Floyds public viewing, funeral service and more
Here are some things happening in the week ahead:Public viewing, funeral service for George Floyd to be held in Houston this weekA memorial service for George Floyd will be held Monday in Houston and a funeral service will be held Tuesday. Click here for all the information about George Floyds Houston memorial and funeral service planned this week. Houston City council meetings slated for Tuesday and WednesdayCity Council meetings are conducted each week on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m.Until further notice, Houston City Council Meetings are being held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Summer school for high school students taking credit recovery courses and/or courses for original credit as approved by their school counselors will be determined by the courses in which they are enrolled. The Houston Food Bank, the Houston Independent School District and several other Houston-area organizations are stepping in to support Houstonians during a time when so many are in need.
Silent protest held in Kingwood Saturday over George Floyd’s death has community talking
Saturday morning’s protest at the intersection of Kingwood Drive and W. Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood was silent. The protest was held at the intersection of Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway in northeast Houston. So he thought the protest would be a good first step to make his community more aware. And if we listen we will understand.” The silent protest went on from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and ended peacefully. " Videos show an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground while he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
Fort Bend funeral home to handle George Floyds services after Turner announces body to return to Houston
HOUSTON George Floyds body will return to Houston and a Fort Bend funeral home will be handling services, the owner confirmed to KPRC 2 Saturday night. Swearington said he will provide more details on the funeral arrangements Monday. In a Thursday press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Floyds body will be returning to Houston. RELATED: Childhood friend remembers George Floyd as a gentle giantThis is the same city where George Floyd grew up and his body will be returning to this city, Turner said. Earlier on Saturday, Jack Yates High School alumni held a walk and vigil for Floyd in MacGregor Park.
Jack Yates HS alumni hold walk, vigil for George Floyd in MacGregor Park Saturday
Jack Yates High School alumni held a vigil and walk in MacGregor Park on Saturday to honor George Floyd. Floyd, a Houston native, grew up in the Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football. Many wore crimson and gold, the Yates High School official colors.Others carried posters. Were not here to rile up the city, said attendee and Yates High School alum Marcus Brooks. 100 to 150 people were arrested during the rally and a handful of HPD officers sustained minor injuries.