To mark the first anniversary of George Floyd's death, President Joe Biden will be hosting some special guests in Washington, D.C., this week: Floyd's family.
Reports say the family will attend a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, May 25 — exactly one year after Floyd died at the hands of then-officer Derek Chauvin, bringing about a national conversation on racism and policing.
The news comes as memorial events get underway in Minneapolis, where activists such as the Rev. Al Sharpton will lead rallies, vigils, discussions and other activities through Tuesday.
Though the White House invitation marks a significant moment of recognition for the movement that arose after Floyd's death last year, it falls just short of a goal that President Biden had set for the anniversary: signing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
As the Associated Press notes, negotiations on the police reform bill have stalled, with "little movement on the legislation in recent weeks."
White House officials say they "still feel there’s progress being made,” but acknowledge it’s “unlikely” the bill will be passed by the Tuesday deadline, AP says.
The legislation, which has approved in the House but awaits a Senate vote, would limit "the unnecessary use of force and restricts the use of no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and carotid holds," among other changes.
You can read more about the proposed bill by clicking right here.