George Floyd was remembered by family and friends at a memorial service on Thursday that mixed poignant memories and humorous moments of his life with calls for genuine social justice.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking to a crowd of family members, friends and political leaders, told mourners that “for those who agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop.”
Speaking of props, “I’ve never seen anyone hold a bible like that [and] I’ve been preaching since I was a little boy,” said Sharpton in a veiled reference to President Trump. “If he is watching, I’d like him to open that Bible and reach Ecclesiastes 3: ‘To every season, there is a time.’ I’d like him to understand what time it is.”
“Ya’alll talk about making America great, said the reverend. “Great for who and when?”
“We gonna make America great for everybody.”
“We gonna organize in the next few months. We gonna be led by the Floyd family. We gonna be led by the Garner family. And it’s going to be not just about who’s in the White House, but the state house.”
Among the celebrities at the memorial were Kevin Hart, Master P, Tyrese Gibson, Tiffany Haddish and Ludicrous. Faith leaders Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III were there.
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