George Floyd remembered in Third Ward Celebration of Life by family, supporters

Four years after George Floyd's death due to police brutality sparked a global outcry, his family and community members gathered to honor his memory and advocate for justice.

Families enjoyed a day filled with food, music, and recreational activities in the Third Ward, Floyd's childhood neighborhood, as they reflected on his life and ongoing influence.

"To me, it's more painful every year because it's another year without him. It's just painful, but I call it the celebration of life," said LaTonya Floyd, George Floyd's sister.

The event, marked by a joyous atmosphere as people mingled and kids played basketball, doubled as a rally to keep Floyd's name at the forefront of the struggle for equality and justice.


Organizers deliberately held the remembrance at Cuney Homes, where Floyd was raised, symbolizing the continuation of a movement born from tragedy. Floyd's death has been a catalyst for widespread discussion and activism, his family emphasizes.

For many, the day was also about setting a precedent for future generations. "This is bigger than us. It's about the generation behind us. You keep fighting for justice," Bianca Williams, Floyd's niece, stated.

The family also underlined the fight for justice must go on. "I know it means a lot to George as well, because one thing he stood for is unity and everybody standing in solidarity. Love seeing kids be kids and be able to be kids and play," said Rodney Floyd, George's brother. The occasion aimed to blend the community's celebration of Floyd's life with a reflection on his now transformative role in the fight for social justice.

Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Black Panther Party, emphasized the enduring impact of Floyd's legacy over his life: "Legacy is more important than your life. All of us have a certain amount of time that we’re physically here, but the legacy of George Floyd should be consistent."

Significantly, the family used the event to promote the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The proposed legislation targets the overhaul of police practices and accountability, aiming to address police misconduct cases more effectively, end racial and religious profiling, and abolish qualified immunity for law enforcement.


"Hopefully, some change is able to come, and some laws are able to be made, and I hope we’re able to make a difference and continue to make a difference in the community," expressed Bridgett Williams, Floyd's sister.

The day also included educational moments highlighting the importance of empowering the Third Ward's young Black population. "Let them know these things can and do happen, but we want to protect them at all costs, and knowledge is power and can certainly serve to protect them," stated Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, District D Councilwoman.

Roxy Washington, the mother of Floyd's daughter, added a broader perspective, asserting that no child of any race should be left without a parent due to such tragedies.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has cleared the House and awaits review in the Senate. Its passage could lead to a potential presidential signing.