George Floyd’s Memorial Held In Minneapolis: Rev. Al Sharpton Delivers Powerful Eulogy: Kevin Hart, Tyrese, Tiffany Haddish, T.I. & Tiny Attend [VIDEO]
The death of George Floyd has touched the nation and sparked another conversation about police brutality in the United States and around the world. This week (June 4), a memorial was held for George Floyd in Minneapolis at North Central University.
Those that spoke at the memorial went to honor a man that who was their brother, father, uncle, and friend. The speech that went viral from the memorial was a eulogy from the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader and host of the MSNBC show “PoliticsNation.” One of the most retweeted lines from the memorial was when Al Sharpton stating:
“What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country — in education, in health services and in every area of American life. It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name, ‘Get your knee off our necks.'”
"George Floyd's story has been the story of black folks," says Rev. Al Sharpton during his eulogy.
"The reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck… Like George, we couldn't breathe… You wouldn't take your knee off our neck." pic.twitter.com/Vk4cozPwxZ
— CNN (@CNN) June 4, 2020
Mr. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd also gave an emotional eulogy discussing their upbringing, telling everyone that they grew up poor but had everything they needed. Philonise Floyd shared stories of the brothers enjoying banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches made by their mother and washing clothes in a bathroom sink before drying them over a water heater or an oven.
Philonise Floyd stated:
“Everybody wants justice. We want justice for George, he’s going to get it. He’s going to get it.”
"Everywhere you go and see people, how they clinged to him, they wanted to be around him. And George, he was like a general. Every day, he walks outside, there would be a line of people…that wanted to greet him."
— CNN (@CNN) June 4, 2020
Benjamin Crump, who is defending the Floyd family in the police brutality case, also gave a speech which landed him a standing ovation.
“It was not the coronavirus pandemic that killed George Floyd, I want to make it clear, on the record … the other pandemic that we are too familiar with in America — the pandemic of racism and discrimination — killed George Floyd.”
FULL SPEECH: Family attorney Ben Crump delivers impassioned speech at George Floyd memorial.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 4, 2020
Some of the celebs that made an appearance at the memorial included T.I and Tiny Harris, Kevin Hart, Will Packer, Ludacris, Tiffany Haddish, Tyrese, Regina Hall and Tyler Perry. Civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III were also in attendance. Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr attended the service. Eric Garner was also a victim of police brutality at the hands of the NYPD in 2014. While he was struggling to breathe, he too shouted “I Can’t Breathe”.
The politicians that attended the ceremony were Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Ayana Pressley, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee. Former Vice President Joe Biden is said to be attending Mr. Floyd’s Houston funeral on June 9.
We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to the Floyd family during this difficult time.