The state of Georgia will officially commemorate Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of his death.
The Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution this month declaring February 23 a permanent Ahmaud Arbery Day. Lawmakers called Mr Arbery one of the state’s “most elite citizens” and claimed he had suffered a “meaningless loss because of the color of his skin”.
The resolution recognizes two key legislative changes in response to the 2020 murder of Mr Arbery outside the community of Brunswick in South Georgia: a new state hate crime law and the lifting of public arrest laws Georgia’s 19th-century populace, a law that was initially cited as justifying the actions of Mr. Arbery’s pursuers.
In Brunswick, several events are planned to mark the anniversary, including a march, a 2.23-mile run in honor of Mr Arbery and a walk through the Satilla Shores neighborhood where he was killed.
In Atlanta, the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation, founded by Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, will hold an event in his memory. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on the mental health and wellness of black men and boys.
And in Marietta, Ga., Wednesday, a vigil and celebration of Mr. Arbery’s death will be held by the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. It was attorneys from Cobb County who successfully prosecuted the Arbery murder trial in state court last fall.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/22/us/georgia-ahmaud-arbery-day.html February 23 It’s Ahmaud Arbery Day in Georgia