How Houston showed up for George Floyd
VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY
Floyd's death sparked nationwide protests and demonstrations. His family joined a crowd that city officials estimated at 60,000
demonstrators who marched in Houston on June 2.
"We're not here for the cheering. We're here to show Floyd that we're really here for you and we're going to do it every day, whatever we have to do."
-Lynn Price, Nonstop Riders
"The goal right now is to get all four of those officers, anyone who had anything to do with the wrongdoing, held accountable. That is the main mission right now,"
-Trae Tha Truth
George Floyd, the man who died in Minneapolis police custody, grew up in Houston's Third Ward. The community honored him with a mural. "Forever breathing in our hearts."
A video went viral after the Houston march showing a 5-year-old girl ask an HPD officer if he was going to shoot the protesters.
"It's sad that you have to think that way, explaining it to a 5-year-old. That it even has to be a conversation...We were just going to go out there to raise awareness. I wanted to teach her at a young age to have a voice."
-Mother, Simeon Bartee
Thousands of mourners paid respects during Floyd's viewing, some waiting since 6 a.m. Many of the mourners wore their messages of change on their masks and shirts.
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Floyd will be laid to rest at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in suburban Pearland, next to his mother, Larcenia Floyd.
"We do not hate people, but we do hate racism and the way this system has been set up to bring people who look like me down. I’m thankful that the conversation is being had and this murder was heard around the world. It is my prayer that we will never again close our eyes to the injustices to any human."
Floyd's casket arrived in Houston for a 6-hour public visitation on June 8. Thousands showed up to say their final farewells.
"It was an honor to be a part of this historical event. The Memorial had an interesting calmness that flowed through out the service. The energy of the people that attend were on high vibrations. Peace and blessings upon George Floyd’s family and loved ones."
-Preston Dillard III
“It is still unbelievable to see the severity of hatred towards black people in this country that claims to be so great. His murder means we have lots of work to do in order for us to get equality…to make a difference so that my granddaughters can grow up with a fair chance at life. We must all learn to live together.”
- Milinda Jenkins
Floyd's family said goodbye at a celebration of life ceremony on June 9. The service featured powerful messages from Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Vice President Joe Biden and many of Floyd's family members.
“The death of George has stirred a fire simmering deep down in my soul and it’s a call to move on behalf of justice and equality.”
“I moved here two years ago. Seeing this town come together for one of their own shows me why Houston strong isn't just words. It's a way of life.”
“Today it was amazing to be a part of history. As a mother of 2 African American youth, it was important for me to take them out to be a part of the cause for justice."
“I feel like we are all one!! I hate what happened and I'm saddened about it. There is no explanation about it. That was wrong and we do need justice on all the cases. Police officers are to serve and protect, not to hurt us. I'm praying for the nation!!"
“I have my own personal experience with racism, how it starts and where it ends. It doesn’t fall from the sky, it is learned, it is taught and we must stop doing this to our children. Our conversations need to change. We need to embrace each other with love and compassion.”
“As a black male educator I have a moral responsibility to speak up and speak out against racial inequalities and injustices. Being all too familiar with law enforcement in my own personal narrative, it saddens me that we are even having a conservation about whether my life matters or not and to what extent.”
“George Floyd and his premature death is a symbol of several black ancestors who have accessed glorious crowns, robes, and love of the Father due to troubles of hatred, injustice, and rage.”
“I hope his death will bring about the much needed reform we've all been hoping for. May God comfort the family as they await justice for their loved one.”
“We are all exactly the same on the inside, how boring would this world be if we were all the same on the outside?? If we could all love one another and help each other NO ONE anywhere would want for anything. I pray that the death of George Floyd finally brings the changes that need to happen.”
“George Floyd is a reminder that at any moment, God can use our life for change. Mr. Floyd could not have known the impact his life and death would have on this world.”