PHOTOS: FLOYD FAMILY SHARES MEMORIES AT EMOTIONAL MINNEAPOLIS MEMORIAL

George Floyd’s extended family shared their memories of “Big George” and called for justice during emotional remarks on Thursday at Floyd’s Minneapolis memorial service.

• The event, which was attended by friends and family but streamed live to the public, marked the first time that many Americans learned about the personality and life of the man whose death in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week has spurred days of protests in dozens of cities across the country. 

• Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader, announced a march against police violence to take place in Washington in August, on the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Sharpton delivered Floyd’s eulogy.


Philonise Floyd speaks during a memorial service for his brother George Floyd following his death in Minneapolis police custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., June 4, 2020. Lucas Jackson | Reuters

George Floyd’s extended family shared their memories of “Big George” and called for justice during emotional remarks on Thursday at Floyd’s Minneapolis memorial service.

The event, which was attended by friends and family but streamed live to the public, marked the first time that many Americans learned about the personality and life of the man whose death in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week has spurred days of protests in dozens of cities across the country. 

“He was teaching us how to be a man because he was in this world before us,” Rodney Floyd, George Floyd’s youngest brother, said at the service. “I want you guys to know that he would stand up against any injustice anywhere,” he said.

Philonise Floyd, another one of Floyd’s brothers, said his brother was “like a general.”

“Every day, he walks outside, there would be a line of people ... wanting to greet him, wanting to have fun with him,” Philonise Floyd said. 


George Floyd’s family speak during a memorial service for Floyd on June 4, 2020, at North Central University’s Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerem Yucel | AFP | Getty Images

“We came up together. We didn’t have much. Our mom did what she could. We would sleep in the same beds. Play video games together. Go outside and play football. I used to say to myself, man, you can’t throw, you can’t throw the ball, because the ball never came to me,” Philonise Floyd said.

He added that his brother had several nicknames — Big George, Big Floyd, Georgie Porgie — and eclectic eating habits.

“We made banana mayonnaise sandwiches together — it was a family thing,” Philonise Floyd said. 

Brandon Williams, Floyd’s nephew, said Floyd was “loving, and caring, and someone I could count on no matter what.”

“I’m trying not to be sad. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Williams said. 


The remains of George Floyd are taken to a memorial service in his honor on June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerem Yucel | AFP | Getty Images

Williams said that Floyd was a big fan of LeBron James. After James’ team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the 2016 NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors, Williams said he remembered telling Floyd that he seemed too happy about it. 

“You sound like you won the championship,” Williams said he told Floyd.

“We laughed about it, and he said, ‘You know how I feel about LeBron. I did win the championship.’ So, every time we would talk, I would ask him, ‘Hey, how are you doing man, you good?’ And he would say, ‘I feel like I won a championship,’” Williams said.