MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — George Floyd is thought around the globe due to the best way he died. But on Thursday, individuals celebrated the best way he lived.
Thursday would have been his 48th birthday, and folks locally marked the event with a celebration and remembrance of his life at East thirty eighth Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis — which in a approach is the epicenter of the worldwide motion for police accountability and justice.
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The focus Thursday was to acknowledge the influence Floyd’s life made on the world, past the tragedy of his demise. The ambiance earlier within the evening was in a approach harking back to a block party-type celebration. Music, meals and fellowship was adopted by a more somber candlelight vigil.
“I think this is more than just a birthday. I think that with George Floyd brings to not just to the city of Minneapolis but to the world globally, I think this is just more of a celebration of life,” mentioned Minneapolis resident Michael Smith. “I really think the focus this evening should be just revisiting and revitalizing our community, bringing people back outside and bringing joy into the community.”
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“That’s what this place is all about is holding space and feeling the gravity of the movement for Black liberation and equality in our justice system,” mentioned Kimberly Wooster, a medic with 612 M*A*S*H.
“Find a path towards healing and run towards it. Find a path towards community and run towards it, because what we’ve found in this movement and in this protest is that community is the answer to racism,” mentioned Jeanelle Austin of Racial Agency Initiative.
Of course, the journey to get justice for George will not be over. The trial for the opposite former officers concerned is scheduled for March. All 4 former officers face federal civil rights expenses.
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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is serving a 22-year sentence for Floyd’s demise. He is within the means of interesting the case.