George Floyd wanted to change the lives of people. He served his community.
The name George Floyd has been all over the media for the past few days. His death caused due to police brutality in Minneapolis has led to widespread protests across the country with many people standing in solidarity with the man's family.
According to CNN, Floyd was arrested and pinned down to the ground by the police officer, Derek Chauvin after a store employee accused him of a counterfeit $20 bill. Despite showing no resistance, Chauvin continued pressing his knee into Floyd's neck till he stopped breathing forever. The video footage of his last moments brought sorrow and anger to many across the nation. They took to the streets and cried out for his justice.
People who knew him remembered him as the "gentle giant". They did not have anything but good to say about the remarkable man. They recalled his good deeds, his kind heart and his earnest desire to change the lives of young people. Floyd left prison in 2009 after he was convicted for robbery. But, from that day Floyd was a new man.
Before moving to Minnesota, the man was involved with Resurrection Church in the Third Ward. He helped the church for years and tried to act as a bridge to the housing project known as “the Bricks" at the location.
“He was what we call in the church ‘a person of peace’ ... He was that guy who gave them that all-access pass to the neighborhood," remembered Justin Bouldin, a pastor, who completed an 18-month church-planting residency with the church in Houston according to World Magazine. He recalled how Floyd was passionate about having more such churches and outreach programs for the youth in the locality.
“We need more of this here ... especially for the youth, man, like real bad," said the 46-year-old, stated the pastor. He also recalled how the man engaged with the church members and encouraged others in the community. "There was evidence of God working in his life ... He had a genuine, authentic desire to follow Jesus in his everyday life and was trying to figure out how to do that," said the pastor, according to World Magazine.
He moved from his native city to Minnesota to be "his best self" according to his friend, Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player, reported CNN. Minnesota was going to be his new chapter and Floyd was determined to make a difference in the life of others. Over the years, he did a number of jobs such as a Salvation Army security guard, a truck driver, and security at Conga Latin Bistro.
But they were fine with opening bars & restaurants and sending people back to work. https://t.co/KDpWpFA7wh— Donovan Copeland (@cxcope) May 30, 2020
He even took the time to complete his drug rehab. Wallace White, a friend of Floyd stated that he met the president of Men Against Destruction—Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder (MAD DADS) while he was there to feed the homeless. Floyd hoped to work with the organization for an outreach job that included teaching safety skills to deal with the pandemic, sign up people for job training, mentoring, and helping people with housing. Though Wallace was supposed to meet Floyd for one of the programs on 24 May 2020, he did not turn up. The news that was heard the next day came as a shock to Wallace. Floyd was no more.
The nation is grieving along with his family. Many celebrities have come forward in support of the victim and his family. Some have been even donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to bail out protestors. Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Janelle Monáe, and Don Cheadle were some of the celebrities that donated to the organization, according to People. Chrissy Teigen pledged $200,000 to bail out protestors. “In celebration of whatever the f—k maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bailouts of protestors across the country,” wrote the model on Twitter. She then increased her donation after a commentator branded the protestors as “rioters and criminals," according to Page Six.
In celebration of whatever the fuck maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country.— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
If you want to help in this situation, according to Elle, people can show support for the victim, by doing any of the following.
- You can donate to the memorial fund set up by Floyd's family. The address and details are available at the GoFundMe Page.
- Sign the petition that demands the charging of the officers
- Support the organizations such as the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block and North Star Health Collective. These organizations are aiding the protesters as they demand justice for George Floyd.
- Support protestors with bailout funds and other legal expenses by contributing to Know Your Rights Camp founded by Colin Kaepernick, the Brooklyn Bail Fund, the Bail Project, the National Bail Fund Network, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, and Free Them All for Public Health.