HOUSTON – Civil Rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and Attorney Ben Crump joined the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Eric Garner and others Monday evening outside the public memorial of George Floyd to address mourners.
“Either America will destroy racism or racism will destroy America," an impassioned Crump said.
Sharpton, who will deliver a eulogy for Floyd Tuesday at his funeral in Houston, introduced his brothers, Philonise “PJ" Floyd and Rodney Floyd, who remembered their brother as a “gentle giant" and a loving father.
Philonise Floyd said his brother was a role model for many people when they were growing up in Houston’s Third Ward, as he was the first among their friends to get a scholarship to play basketball.
“I appreciate everybody coming out. It just hurts a lot. Just being here, just talking,” said Philonise Floyd.
As he named other high profile victims of racially motivated crimes — Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Ahmaud Arbery, among others — Philonise Floyd broke down in tears and was held up by the support of Sharpton and Crump.
“If (George Floyd) was told he would have to sacrifice his life to bring the world together, knowing him, I know he would have did it," Rodney Floyd said.