As thousands of people gathered on Thursday to honour George Floyd memory at the North Central University in Minneapolis, a man who in his 46 years of life “touched many hearts” and whose death sparked momentum toward change within days.
Rev. Al Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network who spoke during the service said, “The reason we could never be who we wanted to be and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our necks.
“What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life.
“It is time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks,” he said.
Thereafter, Sharpton directed attendees to join him in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same time that an officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck. “That’s a long time, that’s how long he was laying there.”
Floyd’s body will return to Houston for a public memorial and private service on Tuesday. The memorial will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at The Fountain of Praise Church at 13950 Hillcroft Ave. in Houston, the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center said.