John C Moritz Austin Bureau USA Today |
HOUSTON – Relatives and elected leaders spoke passionately at Tuesday’s funeral for George Floyd, demanding reforms and justice for a black man whose death has shaken the world.
About 500 friends, family, politicians and entertainers streamed into The Fountain of Praise church in Houston for what co-pastor Mia Wright called, “a home-going celebration of brother George Floyd’s life.”
The emotional service, which rang with gospel music and calls to ensure that Floyd did not die in vain, was widely broadcast and streamed online.
“I want justice for my brother, for my big brother, that’s Big Floyd,” Rodney Floyd said. “Everyone is going to remember him around the world. He’s going to change the world.”
Those words were echoed through service in remarks by several of the invited guests, a list that included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. Al Green. Read more of this report