How Post reporters reported on the book ‘His name is George Floyd’

After millions of people watched the horrific video of a black man suffocating under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the world learned the name of George Floyd. But far fewer know of the 46 years he spent struggling to survive in America.

In “His Name is George Floyd: One’s Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa lift the curtain on Floyd’s life and legacy – documenting his family roots in slavery and sharecropping, his struggles navigating a variety of unequal systems, from housing to education to criminal justice and the ongoing movement to change those systems.

The book is based on more than 400 interviews with sources ranging from Floyd’s friends and family to President Biden. An excerpt, published in the Washington Post Magazine, includes exclusive details about Floyd’s last day.

Building on a six-part series produced by The After Floyd’s death, the authors spent more than a year reporting and researching as they sought to answer two essential questions: Who was George Floyd? And what was it like living in his America?

Read an excerpt from “His Name is George Floyd: One’s Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” here. Samuels and Olorunnipa will discuss the book during a Washington Post Live Event May 17.

Angela C. Hale