Ahmaud Arbery’s mother to speak in Atlanta on 3rd anniversary of his murder

Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. (Family photo)

Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. (Family photo)

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother will again mark the annual date of his death by speaking about his legacy in Atlanta.

The 25-year-old had been jogging through a Glynn County neighborhood when he was shot to death on Feb. 23, 2020. Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of murder, hate crimes and other charges and are serving life sentences.

Wanda Cooper-Jones founded the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation in her son’s memory. Last year, she announced scholarships would be awarded to students at his alma mater, Brunswick High School; Arbery graduated in 2012. The recipients were announced on May 8, 2022, which would have been Arbery’s 28th birthday.

“Laws changing is just the beginning,” Cooper-Jones said at last year’s event. “Next we must change the minds and the perception of Black men in this country.”

Arbery’s death prompted legislators to pass Georgia’s hate crime law.

This year, the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation and Atlanta Track Club will host a community conversation and discuss a new event. Alison Mariella Désir, author of “Running While Black,” will join leaders of the Atlanta running, civic and business communities at the invitation-only event at The Stave Room.

Events honoring Arbery were held last year in his hometown, where Glynn County leaders dedicated the renamed Ahmaud Arbery Park in his memory.

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