Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, who became the victim of the excessive police force on May 25, protests have been raging across the United States. As protests led to garbage lying around across the streets, an 18-year-old took it upon himself to clean up the streets.
Antonio Gwynn Jr, a high school student, spent 10 hours cleaning the streets of his hometown Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, New York, following the protests. He started cleaning at 2 Am on Monday, June 1 and did not stop cleaning for the next 10 hours.
As word spread of how the teenager single-handedly took up the cleaning, his community responded, reported CNN.
When 27-year-old Matt Block came to know about Gwynn's contribution, he decided to gift him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. Soon after, local businessman Bob Briceland came forward and said he would cover the cost of auto insurance for a year.
"I just felt compelled to help him out. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there are so many good people here," Briceland told CNN affiliate WKBW.
Teen who spent 10 hours cleaning up after protest is rewarded with car and scholarship— Olaudah Equiano® (@RealOlaudah) June 7, 2020
When Antonio Gwynn Jr. saw the damage from protests in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, he grabbed a broom, bought some trash bags and started cleaning the streets by himself.@cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/76TgAFcogP
Meanwhile, the Medaille College in Buffalo awarded Antonio a full scholarship to study business, starting this fall.
"I literally stopped, pulled over, and started crying. So did my great aunt. My little cousin did also," said Gwynn.
While Gwynn's original plan was to go to a trade school and save up for college, he can now complete that goal by studying business and studying mechanics on the side.Also Read: Indian-American Businessman Shelters Over 70 Protesters From Police In Washington, Showered With Praises