Memorial service held for George Floyd,
more services to follow
By: Don Bryant 6-5-2020
MINNEAPOLIS—a memorial service was held on Thursday for George Floyd, 46, who died as a police officer planted a knee into his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd’s last words as he begged for his life were: “I can’t breathe.” Last words that have triggered a call to the nation as protests continue to develop throughout the world against systemic racism. Mansfield held its own protest last Saturday in the downtown area, where hundreds gathered to pay tribute to Mr. Floyd and others, and to speak out against racism.
The memorial service for Mr. Floyd held at North Central University in Minneapolis; was attended by family, friends, celebrities, politicians, activists and others. Only 500 people were allowed inside the sanctuary due to social distancing policies in place by the school and nearly everyone attending wore masks.
Projected behind the closed gold casket of George Floyd, was an image brightly displayed on the screen for everyone to view as they arrived.
The image, a portrait of Mr. Floyd in the middle, surrounded by the names of other Black Americans who lost their lives to police brutality, with words written below the portrait—“I can breathe now.”
Hundreds of mourners in Minneapolis remembered George Floyd at his memorial service held at North Central University. Floyd died in police custody which has set off a wave of nationwide protests around the U.S. and ignited a debate about racial justice.
Speakers included Reverend Al Sharpton, who toward the end of the service asked mourners to stand for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Mr. Floyd’s remains are set to be transported to his birth city, Raeford, North Carolina for a public viewing on Saturday.
On Monday, another viewing will be held in Houston, where Floyd was raised. The last day of service will be held on Tuesday at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, where former Vice-President Joe Biden is expected to attend.
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