Day of Remembrance Marks 4th Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

Saturday marks four years since George Floyd’s death, and the local nonprofit Win Back has organized the first annual Day of Remembrance in his honor. George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day in 2020 at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked global protests and demands for justice and reform.

Commemorating George Floyd

The Day of Remembrance began with an interfaith prayer service at Minneapolis City Hall. The event continued with a brunch featuring notable speakers, including Attorney General Keith Ellison, former Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

“We can never forget. We can never stop talking about George Floyd. We can never unsee what we saw in 2020,” said Leslie E. Redmond, Executive Director of Win Back. “I like to say COVID-19 shut the world down and George Floyd opened it back up. We can never forget this happened in our own backyard.”

Reflecting and Moving Forward

Win Back also hosted a teen summit, where young people from across the Midwest discussed the progress made since 2020 and how to continue advocating for change.

“It was a heavy day. George Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams flew in from Texas just for this, and he said it was a lot of grief, but he was very happy to see people still remembering and that they are still committed to change and transformation,” Redmond shared.

A Commitment to Annual Reflection

Organizers emphasized the importance of reflection, healing, and building a better future. They plan to hold a Day of Remembrance every year to honor George Floyd’s legacy and to continue the conversation about justice and reform.

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