George Floyd’s family is having a concert Sunday (May 30) in Houston to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
The Associated Press is reporting Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams and several members of the Floyd family will be in attendance at The Fountain of Praise church. Gospel singers John P. Kee and Tamela Mann plus rappers JaiCei and Trae Tha Truth will perform for guests. Other confirmed guests include: Tamika Mallory, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Kierra Sheard, Leela James, Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams, gospel artist MAJOR, Se7en, Pastor Jamal Bryant, The Phillip Hall Singers, The George Floyd Ensemble and more.
The concert being thrown by the George Floyd Foundation is among several events being held across the nation to mark the anniversary of Floyd’s brutal death. Last Sunday, the foundation kicked off the week filled with memorial events for Floyd with a rally at the courthouse his killer was convicted in. The foundation was started by Floyd’s sister, Bridgett, in his honor to help combat racial inequities in Black and brown communities.
On Tuesday (May 25), several members of Floyd’s family marked the official one-year anniversary of their brother’s death with a visit to the White House. Philonise Floyd said the meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was “great,” calling President Biden a “genuine guy,” CNN reported.
“It’s a pleasure just to be able to have the chance to meet with them when he we had that opportunity too. We’re just thankful for what’s going on and we just want this (George Floyd Justice in Policing Act) to be passed in the future,” Philonise Floyd told reporters after the Oval Office meeting.
President Biden released a statement after meeting with Floyd’s family. “Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family — for any family experiencing a profound loss — the first year can still feel like they got the news a few seconds ago,” Biden wrote. “And they’ve had to relive that pain and grief each and every time those horrific 9 minutes and 29 seconds have been replayed.”