Darnella Frazier, the teen whose video of George Floyd’s murder sparked nationwide protests, received an award for her courage at a virtual gala on Tuesday.
Spike Lee presented the 17-year-old with the PEN/Benenson Courage Award, saying how proud he was of her for having the courage to record the terrible mistreatment and murder of Floyd.
PEN American is a nonprofit, literary and human rights organization that celebrates free expression and the advancement of literature and human rights.
In addition to Spike Lee, other activist, artists and the former President Barack Obama attended the virtual gala to honor Frazier.
Frazier, a Minneapolis high school senior, documented Floyd’s death as former white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.
Her video went viral, sparking outrage in Minneapolis and around the world, and ultimately leading to Chauvin’s arrest and the dismissal of the other three officers involved.
“I never would’ve imagined out of my whole 17 years of living that this’ll be me,” Frazier said after receiving the award. “It’s just a lot to take in, but I couldn’t say thank you enough for everything that’s been coming towards me.”