Remembering George Floyd
Crowds gathering outside of Trask Worship Center on North Central University’s campus to remember George Floyd on Thursday, June 4th. Photo by Alycia Monserrate/NewPublica.
On Thursday, June 4th, hundreds of people came together on the North Central University campus in downtown Minneapolis to remember George Floyd. The memorial brought Floyd’s family members, political leaders, civil rights leaders and celebrities to both remember his legacy but also to call for justice. Reverend Al Sharpton, in his eulogy spoke powerful words calling for reformation of a system that has long upheld the oppression of black people in the United States stating,
“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks, because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck.”
Aside from Floyd’s family members and other local leaders, countless community members gathered outside the Trask Worship Center at NCU to listen to the service that was broadcast over speakers into the streets. At times it was so silent, all you could hear were the words from inside the service. At other times the streets were filled with chatter as people came together to feed the community and take care of one another. Individuals provided water and Gatorade while establishments like East Village Grill and The Freehouse handed out free beverages and plates of food. The city is coming together like never before to offer any resources that are available.