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4 years after George Floyd's murder, community gathers at Minneapolis square named in his honor

4 years later George Floyd is honored, remembered at 38th and Chicago
4 years later George Floyd is honored, remembered at 38th and Chicago 02:00

MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday marks four years since the death of George Floyd — a moment that forever changed Minnesota and sparked a movement for change around the world.

Floyd died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck. His death sparked weeks of unrest as protesters clashed with police, as buildings were set on fire and stores were looted. A jury convicted Chauvin of murder.

Four years later, George Floyd Square is a space for the community to reflect and remember at the street corner that will be forever linked to Floyd's death, but also the movement that came after it. 

On Saturday, the Rise and Remember celebration was held at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. Organizers say they wanted to have a safe space for people to be together, reflect and take care of each other.

Jeanelle Austin is the executive director and says this year's remembrance was all about self-care. From receiving free services, bodywork, to meditation and art it's all about wellness.

"Loving each other and pouring into each other and pouring into ourselves to reset is important for the longevity of wellness and wellbeing in the fight for justice," Austin said.


"This year feels lighter — it feels like healing has begun for me," said Munira Maalim Isaq. "We have a space where we are heard — when we have a plan and feeling like we will never see another brother be lynched to death right in front of us."

A space for grieving and healing for Floyd's family and a community pushing for change.

Floyd's family was also in attendance — leading a candlelight vigil Saturday night. 

The family has been in Washington D.C. this past week, working with House Democrats to reintroduce the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act."

The bill would create federal police reform. It was originally introduced in 2021 and passed in the House but didn't pass in the Senate. 

Plans are already in the works for next year's remembrance event. Until then organizers hope there is movement on a federal police reform bill in Floyd's name.

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