Family of George Floyd launch foundation, honor his life with homeless event

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The family of George Floyd recently announced that they will commemorate his life by formally launching a nonprofit foundation and participating in a homelessness event that Floyd attended annually before his death.

The 9th annual National Homeless Day event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5 pm at 1010 Currie Avenue in Minneapolis following the highly anticipated pre-trial hearing in the Floyd case. Hosted by Minnesota Acts Now and the Spiritual Church of God, the event will feature speakers from the Floyd family, the mothers of Philando Castile and Jamar Clark and elected officials. 

“We are honored to launch the George Floyd Memorial Foundation at an annual event that our brother was proud to participate in every year,” said Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd, who now serves as president of the foundation. “He spent his life giving back to others, and this is the best way to observe his memory and keep his legacy alive.”

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation strives to promote social change from the inside out, bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement, initiate sustainable police reform and reverse racism while fighting for justice. 

Minnesota Senator John A. Hoffman, Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, and other elected officials will also deliver remarks at the socially distanced, outdoor event. In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, the group plans to serve up to 100 meals.

“Mr. Floyd spent his time caring for people. People who didn’t have a place to stay, he helped make a way for them,” said Bishop Harding Smith from Spiritual Church of God. “We want to hold this event to not just end homelessness, but also bring attention to systemic racism and other issues that often lead members of our community to these places in their lives.”

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation is being established by the family of Floyd. To donate to the organization, visit http://www.georgefloydmemorialfoundation.org.

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