Today starts a processional of four services in three different cities to honor George Floyd, who was killed on May 25 at the hands of Minneapolis police, prompting days of demonstrations against racism and police brutality.
The first memorial service is today in Minneapolis at North Central University’s Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary. Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy and family attorney Ben Crump will be giving a “national criminal justice address.” The private service is scheduled for 1pm local Minneapolis time, and will be livestreamed.
A second memorial will be held on Saturday, June 6, in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where George Floyd was born. There will be a public viewing at 11am and a private service beginning at 3pm local time.
The third service will be held on Monday, June 8, in Houston, Texas, where Floyd lived most of his life. A public visitation will occur at The Fountain of Praise on Hillcroft Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. local time. Due to concerns over the coronavirus, the venue will be limited to 20% capacity and masks will be required.
The next day a private service and burial will also be held in Houston, with former Vice President Joe Biden expected to attend, along with other political figures and celebrities.
Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for funeral expenses and the Floyd family accepted the offer.
We will have the livestream here at News Views scheduled to begin this afternoon.