Following days of nationwide protests, George Floyd's family and friends will now get to celebrate his life.
The first in a series of memorial services honoring the 46-year-old man, who died on May 25 while in police custody, began Thursday at North Central University's Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary in Minneapolis.
The service opened with a scripture reading from Rev. Jerry McAfee, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. It was followed up with the announcement of a scholarship fund established in Floyd's name from Dr. Scott Hagan, president of North Central University.
"It is time to invest like never before in a new generation of black Americans," Hagan exclaimed. "University presidents, let's step up together."
Attorney Benjamin Crump then took the podium to introduce the "ones who knew George all his life," his family. Floyd's brother, Philonise, was the first to speak, sharing a story about what it was like growing up together.
"We didn't have much. My mom did what she could. We would sleep in the same beds, play video games together, go outside and play catch with the football ... dancing, cooking with our mom, it was a family thing," he shared. "From being in the house with my brother, it was inspiring to other people because my mom used to take in other kids; most of them were George's friends. They wanted to stay with her, they loved her, and George was OK with it."
"George was like a general," he added. "Every day he walked outside, there was a line of people who wanted to greet him and have fun with him. When they spoke to George, they felt like they were the president, because that's how he made you feel. Everybody loved George ... it's amazing to see how many hearts he's touched."