NPR, Adrian Florido, G. George Floyd discussed on All Things Considered


Mourners including family politicians and celebrities filed into a chapel at a local university they honored the life of the black man whose death in police custody on Memorial Day has led to more than a week of protests across the country NPR's Adrian Florido was at the ceremony and he joins me now hello hi Sarah Nigerian I understand you're there at the chapel describe what you're seeing for us right the Memorial Park G. George Floyd is under way as we speak George played casket gold casket is at the front of the chapel and he's being eulogized from a white lectern that was designed after the one that Dr Martin Luther king used to deliver his I have a dream speech a judge what family family is here members of Congress Minnesota officials prominent civil rights leaders we just heard from the Reverend al Sharpton let's hear a little bit of get some rest George George we just we just we and just after that fiery speech there there was a very emotional moment everyone went silent for eight minutes which is about the amount of time that Derek shop and had his neck on third floor it's neck I'm sorry he has me on for a second clearly this is an impassioned event a political event in many ways but it's also a memorial have there been some more personal there have been in you right well the speeches here are continuing the calls for justice for George Floyd in for all black Americans a goal of this memorials to kind of take a step back from the global outcry that Floyd is set up to remember the joyful and may be a simple now but he is also a man son brother so I'd like you to listen to what his brother aloneness said when he took.

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