Renowned human rights activist and minister of the gospel, Pastor Al-SharpGton in his moving eulogy at the Tuesday funeral of George Floyd described Floyd as an “ordinary brother” from Houston’s housing projects who “nobody thought much about,” which makes his central role in a generational movement that much more powerful.
“God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world”.
“Your family is going to miss you George, but your nation is going to always remember your name. Because your neck was one that represents all of us, and how you suffered is how we all suffer,” he added.
Pastor Sharpton was among a number of family, friends and prominent figures who gathered for Floyd’s funeral at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston to celebrate his life and issue a clarion call for justice.
The service featured remarks by former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Al Green of Texas, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Also we’ll represented in the funeral service were family members of other black people killed by police, including Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Among the guests at the funeral service were Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Texans player J.J. Watt, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, Channing Tatum , and Floyd Mayweather, the boxer, who bankrolled the funeral costs.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a prerecorded video message to mourners, in which he paid his respects to Floyd’s family and implored Americans to continue to fight against racism and injustice.
“As I have said to you privately, I know you will never feel the same again,”
“Unlike most, you must grieve in public. It’s a burden, a burden that is now your purpose to change the world for the better in the name of George Floyd,” Biden told the Floyd family.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced at the funeral for George Floyd that he will sign an executive order that bans chokeholds in the city.
“In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot,” Turner said. “In this city, you have a duty to intervene.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who added her voice at the funeral service said: “I want to acknowledge those young marchers in the streets. Many of them could not be in this place. They are black and brown, they are Asian. They are white. They are protesting and marching. And I’m saying as a momma, ‘I hear your cry.’ That is what George Floyd wanted us to know.”
Lee noted she is unable to remove Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” from her head. But the congresswoman said his death served a purpose.
“His assignment turned into a purpose,” she said. “And that purpose was heard around the world. There are people rising up that will never sit down until you get justice.”
Mr. Floyd, who was killed two weeks ago by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck during his arrest will be laid to rest next to his mother, Lacendra, known as “Cissy”, at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.
Rev. Al Sharpton led the family of George Floyd into the sanctuary, as several police officers from Texas Southern University stood guard at the entrance, wearing face masks printed with Floyd’s dying words. “I can’t breathe”