As an 8-year-old boy, George Floyd had dreams of impacting the world and ensuring justice for Americans. This aspiration was recently revealed by Waynel Sexton, Floyd’s 2nd grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Texas.

In the days following Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, Sexton shared an essay written by Floyd nearly 40 years ago. The assignment was submitted at the end of Black History Month, when Sexton asked her students, “How will you impact the future? What will you do to make a difference?”

Floyd, who went by his middle name “Perry” as a child, expressed his dream of becoming a justice of the highest court.

“When I grow up, I want to be a Supreme Court judge,” he wrote in the essay, which was accompanied by a drawing. “When people say, ‘Your honor, he did rob the bank, I will say, ‘Be seated.’ And if he doesn’t, I will tell the guard to take him out. Then I will beat my hammer on the desk. Then everybody will be quiet …”

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