Updated: Jul 3, 2020
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man, was killed just outside of downtown Minneapolis by a police officer. The officer, later identified as Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd was seen losing consciousness after six minutes of Chauvin’s kneeling and clearly pleading that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide outrage and revitalized the Black Lives Matter Movement’s efforts to protest for equality for Black Americans.
George Floyd, better known by his friends as just Floyd, was often described as a “gentle giant” who had an even bigger heart. He worked security at a restaurant and earned a reputation for being fiercely loyal and reliable. He had a love for football and basketball, which he played at Jack Yates High School in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. Floyd later went on to continue his basketball career in college, where he played for South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida.
He then moved to Minnesota for work and to drive trucks to earn a living for a better life for his family. Floyd is survived by his two young daughters, the youngest being just six years old. He never got to meet his three year old granddaughter. George Floyd was loved by many and will be missed by many more.
The wake of George Floyd’s death leaves a gaping hole in the black community. Show Floyd’s family and the black community support by donating to reputable fundraisers, texting “FLOYD” to 55156 and “JUSTICE” to 668366, and actively being anti-racist. Together, we can bring change to America and rebuild and heal through love, peace, and acceptance.
George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family.
By Kaitlyn Thitibordin
Co-Founder & Creative Director