HUNDREDS will march at a George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis today as his family meets with President Joe Biden in the White House on the first anniversary of his death.
Floyd, 46, died last Memorial Day, May 25, after ex-cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine and a half minutes.
Chauvin was convicted of the black father’s murder last month while three other cops also involved in the arrest await trial in August.
Floyd’s memorial ceremonies began over the weekend with activists and family members taking to the streets in Minneapolis and New York to honor his memory.
On Tuesday, the main memorials will take place in the Twin Cities with other events planned from DC to Dallas.
Minnesota Gov Tim Walz has called for a moment of silence at 1pm for nine minutes and 29 seconds – the amount of time Floyd was seen pinned to the ground by cops as he told them he couldn’t breathe in now-infamous bystander footage.
Members of Floyd’s family will attend the memorial events in Minneapolis where several demonstrations are planned.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, founded by his sister Bridgett, will hold its third day of rallies outside the Hennepin County Government Center.
From 11am until 5pm a “Celebration of Life and Remembrance” will be held in Commons Park near US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
It will include games, food, inflatable attractions for kids, and special performances from Grammy Award-winning artists and local talent.
Early Tuesday morning, crews were seen setting up stages with hundreds expected to attend.
The event is expected to include a knee-in and die-in, art installations, a DJ, and fireworks.
At the scene where he died last year, now named George Floyd Square, a vigil will also be held between 1pm and 8pm.
The area around East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue will host food, kids' activities, and live music during the day as part of "Rise and Remember George Floyd" before a candlelight vigil will begin in the evening.
Local artwork and an open mic are scheduled to begin the day with a concert from Sounds of Blackness planned from 6pm.
"We're going to be turning mourning into dancing," rapper Nur-D tweeted. "We're going to be celebrating 365 days of strength in the face of injustice."
In Dallas, a solidarity march and rally will be held while gatherings and rallies will take place across New York City.
A George Floyd remembrance memorial will begin outside Brooklyn Museum from 8pm and a March to Defund the NYPD outside of the Barclay’s Center at 5pm.
The California-based Pacific Symphony will also stream a free concert in Floyd’s honor.
On Tuesday afternoon, Biden will welcome Bridgett Floyd, his daughter Gianna Floyd, and Gianna's mother, Roxie Washington, to the White House.
The meeting will be held in private so Biden can have a “real conversation and preserve that with the family,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
"He has a genuine relationship with them, and the courage and grace of this family and especially his daughter Gianna Floyd, has really stuck with the president," Psaki said.
"So, he's eager to listen to their perspectives and hear what they have to say."
Biden’s meeting with the family comes as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act remains stalled in the Senate.
The president had previously set a goal of having it passed by the anniversary of Floyd’s death but Psaki said Friday that Biden now aims to have the bill on his desk “as quickly as possible.”
The bill, if passed, will establish a national registry of police misconduct and a ban on racial and religious profiling by law enforcement.
It will also call for an overhaul of qualified immunity for police officers.
Floyd’s family has urged supporters to use Tuesday to call their elected officials – especially Senators – in an effort to get the bill passed.
They have also called on people to register to vote, help promote the George Floyd Foundations’ work on social media, and donate to its programs for the black community.
“We need you to act,” the family said during a panel on Monday.
"If they would have passed bills before this, my son would have been here right now," said Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer last month on the same panel.
"My son would have been here. George Floyd would have been here."
During a rally in Minneapolis on Sunday night, Bridgett Floyd said that it had been a “long” and “painful” year for the family.
"It has been very frustrating for me and my family. For your life to change within a blink of an eye. I still don't know why,” she told the crowd.
Floyd died while he was arrested by four cops after a grocery employee alleged that he had used a fake $20 bill.
The officers who located Floyd in his car had claimed he “physically resisted officers” while possibly under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
Last month, former cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
Chauvin was the cop kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he lost consciousness.
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