Revisiting the life of Jamar Clark, 5 years after his death

Jamar Clark
This undated photo released by his sister Javille Burns shows Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis.
Javille Burns via AP 2015

Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Jamar Clark. On Nov. 15, 2015, the unarmed 24-year-old was shot and killed in a confrontation with two Minneapolis police officers.

Clark’s death spurred protest and activism that has carried through the police killings of unarmed Black men Philando Castile in 2016 and George Floyd in 2020.

Host Angela Davis spoke with Clark’s birth mother and a racial justice activist to examine what has changed in the past five years when it comes to the Black community’s relationship with police, and how activism has evolved since that November night.


  • Irma Burns is the birth mother of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police on Nov. 15, 2015.

  • Nekima Levy Armstrong is the executive director of Wayfinder Foundation. She previously served as president of the Minneapolis NAACP and as an advisor to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

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