Tuesday marks a year to the day that George Floyd died during his arrest by Minneapolis Police Department, sparking off global calls for racial justice, efforts to implement long-lasting change in policing, and a period of civil unrest from which the city is still recovering.
The anniversary of Floyd's murder, which last month led to the conviction of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin – with three more former officers due to stand trial for aiding and abetting in 2022, will be marked with a series of events in Minneapolis and nationally on Tuesday.
This will include a Celebration of Life and Remembrance event at Commons Park, outside U.S. Bank Stadium, which will be held between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, musical performances, and a number of local businesses.
At 38th and Chicago – now known as George Floyd Square as it was the scene of his death – an outdoor festival will be held that will include food, live music, and activities for children starting from 1 p.m. That will be followed by a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m.
Members of Floyd's family have been among those leading the calls for change, with his brother Terrence telling a gathering in Brooklyn at the weekend: "If you keep my brother's name ringing, you're going to keep everybody else's name ringing. Breonna Taylor, Sean Bell, Ahmaud Arbery, you could go through the whole list. There's a lot of them."
Minnesotans have been asked by Gov. Tim Walz to hold a "moment of silence" lasting 9 minutes and 29 seconds starting 1 p.m. Tuesday, the same length of time that
The governor re-issued his call for change, which comes after the most recent legislative session ended without any of the major policing reforms proposed by Democrats able to pass the state's Legislature, control of which is split between the DFL and Republicans.
“On April 20, 2021, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder. This historic verdict was a step in the right direction, but our work to dismantle systematic racism and discrimination has not ended," Walz said.
"True justice for George Floyd will come only through real, systemic change to prevent acts like this from happening again—when every member of every community, no matter their race, is safe, valued, and protected."