(NPR) Beginning today, the state of Georgia will recognize Feb. 23 of each year as Ahmaud Arbery Day, for the Black jogger who was chased down and killed on a residential street near Brunswick exactly two years ago.
The Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this month honoring Arbery and urging people to jog 2.23 miles annually to advocate for racial equality.
Events are taking place across Georgia on Wednesday, including a speaking engagement by Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, in Atlanta as well as a vigil in the Satilla Shores neighborhood where Arbery was murdered.
This year’s anniversary of Arbery’s death comes one day after his three convicted killers, who are white, were found guilty in a federal hate crimes trial of targeting Arbery because of his race.
In a separate trial in Georgia state court, Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were found guilty of Arbery’s murder. They chased him down in pickup trucks, and Travis McMichael killed him with a shotgun.
All three men were sentenced to life in prison in that case.