Feven Gerezgiher reports.
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, the community came out to commemorate his life and push for continued changes. In downtown Minneapolis, the George Floyd Memorial Foundation held a celebration with music, a community resource fair, and guest speakers from across the country. This is Dallas rapper Tony B.
“Still I got ties. recognize that my blackness kills, straight RIP to my peoples will, drop the gun don’t shoot lil brother. they killed George Floyd, you dont think they’d shoot my brother?” rapped Tony B
Bianca Austin came here from Louisville. She said her family is still seeking justice for her niece Breonna Taylor.
“We need y’all more than ever right now. So we ask y’all to just keep standing, keep going. And in my message to George Floyd…we going to make sure you rest in power, brother (cheers). We down here. We’re going to make sure you rest in power,” she said.
There was a similar remembrance at George Floyd Square, the intersection residents and organizers have occupied for the past year.
Anthony Galloway is a faith leader and co-host of Bearing Witness. He said community gatherings are a way to keep people activated.
“Celebration is part of us continuing that momentum. We have to be able to celebrate and show that we aren’t going to go along with these things that hurt us.” said Galloway.
Earlier in the day, preparations were interrupted by nearby gunshots. Despite the incident, hundreds gathered in honor of Floyd’s life. Other celebrations and demonstrations for George Floyd were held across the country and the world.
For the Racial Reckoning Project, this is Feven Gerezgiher.
Photo Credit: Chioma Uwagwu
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