George Floyd’s 2nd-Grade Teacher Kept His Essay On His Dream Of Bringing Justice To The World
Published in Jun 2020 / Updated in Sep 2021
George Floyd’s second-grade teacher shares the essay he wrote 39 years ago when he was 8 years old. It reveals how Floyd aspired to bring justice to the world when he grew up.
When Floyd was in 2nd-grade, he dreamed of having a real impact on society by ensuring justice for American citizens.
Waynel Sexton, who taught Floyd (Perry) in 2nd grade at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, Texas, recently revealed these aspirations on CNN.
Waynel Shared an Essay Floyd Wrote Nearly 40 Years Ago, in 1981
According to the teacher, the assignment was submitted at the end of Black History Month.
The essay’s topic read:
“How will you impact the future? What will you do to make a difference?”
She told the outlet:
“So in response, each student wrote a story or an essay called ‘Future Famous Americans’ and described their aspirations.”
Floyd Aspired to Become a Supreme Court Judge
In a Facebook post, which included photos of the project, Waynel said:
“I taught George Perry Floyd in second grade. He was a quiet student and a good boy. He wrote of becoming a Supreme Court judge.”
“How could his dream have turned into the nightmare of being murdered by a police officer? It just breaks my heart.”
Here’s what Floyd wrote, alongside a drawing visualizing his aspirations:
“When I grow up, I want to be a Supreme Court judge.”
“When people say, ‘your honor, he did rob the bank,’ I will say, ‘Be seated.’ And if he doesn’t, I will tell the guard to take him out. Then I will beat my hammer on the desk. Then everybody will be quiet…”
Waynel Currently Works as Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center
In the interview, she also revealed she has retained her students’ memories over the years in the form of their projects.
She added that Floyd’s essay was one of her favorite memories of him.
Even though Floyd aspiration never came true, many say he’ll go down in history “as a man who changed America”
“[I felt] a really deep down sadness. I think so many of us have had that response. Just devastation and sadness.”
“My heart breaks for his family. And, you know, how could we have known that the little boy, the little 8-year-old who drew this precious, delightful picture about justice and wanting to be a justice, 38 years later would be—his life would be taken?”
“Sadly, I’m sure this isn’t [how] he envisioned being famous or bringing justice.”