“I RUN WITH MAUD”: the ESPN + documentary on Ahmaud Arbery will be presented on October 29
ESPN + presents a new documentary on the movement created by Jerry Francois and other black distance runners who pledged to “Run with Maud” at the 50th New York Marathon in November in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, and to recall to all the dangers associated with being black in America.
Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick, Ga. McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, sued Arbery and attempted to arrest a citizen of the 25-year-old Georgia native. Arbery went out for a jog that day and never made it home as he was chased by the McMichaels and William Bryan, a third man who joined the chase and took video of the shooting on his phone portable.
The three men were charged with murder in June 2020, along with several other counts. All three pleaded not guilty a month later. Jury selection for the state trial began earlier this month.
The three men were also indicted by a grand jury in April this year, on charges of hate crime and kidnapping. The Justice Department said the three men had “used force and threats of force to intimidate and obstruct Arbery’s right to use a public thoroughfare because of his race.” On May 11, each of the suspects pleaded not guilty in federal court and are expected to be tried on those federal charges in February 2022.
The documentary features the efforts of Francis and a new generation of black runners across America in their attempt to raise awareness of the murder and help achieve justice. It can be watched exclusively on ESPN + on October 29. Former Falcons running back Warrick Dunn recounts the documentary. Sign up for ESPN + here to watch the documentary.
Ahmaud Arbery’s murder rocked the country, and in particular the community here in Atlanta and Georgia as a whole. It reminded us how far we need to go as a country and as a society to value the lives of others, regardless of race.
Arbery was a 25 year old man with his whole life ahead of him, and it was all washed away in the blink of an eye, which must have felt like any other day. He became just one name on a laundry list of innocent blacks being needlessly and brutally killed, along with Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor and so many more. Lives Lost are a stark reminder of why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important. Falcons defensive lineman Allen Bailey wore Arbery’s name on his helmet during the 2020 season as the team tried to draw attention to racial injustice, and the team
The idea that we should all be able to leave our homes in the morning and not have to face the threat of being killed before we get home at night shouldn’t be seen as a privilege. The fact that this is not an unchallenged and inalienable right for all underscores a huge societal problem which obliges us all to strive to resolve it.
Ahmaud Arbery left his home to go jogging on the morning of February 23, 2020 and he did not live to see on February 24. His “crime” was nothing more than being a black man.