Heartbroken: Twelve USC students reflect on America’s deeply painful moment

USC Annenberg Professor Miki Turner asked some students to seize this moment to make sure George Floyd’s name would never be forgotten for the senseless way in which he died. Sure, classes are on summer break, but this assignment would only require them to search their souls. This is their time.

“As faculty we not only need to nurture their talents, but we are also tasked with helping them develop their voices so that they can use the power of their collective platforms to effect change,” Turner says.

These 12 essays reflect the pain, confusion, dismay and hopelessness that our current students and recent alums are experiencing in a world that is unfamiliar to us all — even those of us who were alive and woke during the turbulent ‘60s. Collectively, they’ve all put the evolution on blast.

Annenberg Media student editors reviewed the stories and published them per newsroom guidelines.

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