Hanley Town Hall is to be lit tonight in memory of George Floyd and to stand against ‘prejudice in all its forms’.
The move is in solidarity with people fighting against racism or other forms of prejudice.
George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police in the US city of Minneapolis has lead to protests (as well as riots) across the world and a peaceful protest that took place in Hanley Park yesterday (June 4).
The council state they pride themselves on how ‘diverse and multi-cultural’ Stoke-on-Trent is and they reject discrimination in any form.
In a statement, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Abi Brown said: “Stoke-on-Trent City Council rejects discrimination in any form, and it must be challenged in order for our world to be more fair and equal for everyone.
“The protests in America are far away, but we all stand united against racism and prejudice.
“We pride ourselves in Stoke-on-Trent that we live in a diverse and multi-cultural city.
“It is the friendly, supportive and genuinely caring people of our city that makes Stoke-on-Trent great. Our united strength always makes us stronger.
“We will be lighting Hanley Town Hall in purple on Friday evening as a symbolic act of solidarity in memory of George Floyd and in support of his family’s sentiment of peaceful protest against prejudice in all its forms.”