Right now, thousands are in Minneapolis to honor George Floyd. Floyd's death evoked nationwide protests against police brutality and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
With the memorial being held at North Central University in downtown Minneapolis, only miles from the scene of Floyd's death. Many celebrities were in attendance such as, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, T.I, and Ludacris. There were also several politicians including, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Senator Amy Klobuchar. Ben Crump, the family attorney had to say this about America's current state:
"What we are doing is helping America be America for all Americans. George Floyd is the moment that gives us the best opportunity that I have seen in a long time of reaching that high ideal that this country is founded upon."
In a moving eulogy, Reverend Al Sharpton told the story of Floyd's death, comparing it to the experience of black people in America. Sharpton pleads:
"The reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck. We don't want no favors. Just get up off of us and we can be and do whatever we can be."
A Conversation With Tyler Perry
I spent the past few days with an extremely heavy heart, having very high level conversations with people who don’t… https://t.co/UuwcVAab70— Tyler Perry (@Tyler Perry) 1591027201.0
The family is reported telling actor Tyler Perry,
"We are the big extended Black family that you portray on your movie screens."
Reverend Sharpton was flown to the service on Perry's private plane alongside other family members. Earlier this week Perry spoke with Floyd's family to offer comfort. He says the family was:
"Adamant in their call for peaceful protest."
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