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'You changed the world, George': George Floyd remembered in rousing, poignant memorial service


Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Mourners stood outside to hear a broadcast of Thursday's memorial service for George Floyd. Hundreds stood outside the service at North Central University in downtown Minneapolis.

George Floyd's body lay in a carefully polished gold casket reflecting a struggle and a beauty bigger than any one man.

In the sanctuary surrounding that casket, hundreds of celebrities, politicians and civil leaders gathered Thursday to support a grieving family and pay respects to the 46-year-old black security guard who gasped his last unconscious breath beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. It was an act that sparked global anger like few police brutality cases before it, challenging a nation to confront its racial disparities and injustices at the hands of law enforcement.

"When I looked this time and saw marches where, in some cases, young whites outnumbered the blacks marching, I know that it's a different time and a different season," said national civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton, referencing a Bible verse in a eulogy that roused several standing ovations. "Go on home, George. Get your rest, George. You changed the world, George."


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