For more than 120 years, Marquis Who’s Who has documented the biographies of extraordinary individuals whose lives have made an indelible impact on society. Our flagship publication, Who’s Who in America, was released in 1899 and included the biographical profiles of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, among other distinguished Black Americans.
Marquis has always recognized the bravest, brightest and boldest among us who have made a difference in the world, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We join the global community in condemning the abuse of power and the senseless killing of Black and Brown individuals, notably Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others that remain overlooked. These unjustified and unspeakable actions underscore the structural and systematic inequities that persist today.
Acknowledging the deaths of these individuals and their impact on society directly aligns with Marquis’ mission. As such, we are immortalizing George Floyd by including his biography in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who in America. Though he was an unfortunate casualty of injustice, we are dedicated to keeping his memory alive by joining the world in demanding permanent change to realize justice and equality for all.
Marquis takes pride in implementing diversity, inclusion and racial equality through our policies, company culture and publications. We stand with America, the world, and in solidarity with the Black community during this pivotal moment in history. George Floyd’s life mattered, Black Lives Matter, and all human life should be valued and treated with respect and dignity.