One year later: events to honor the life and death of George Floyd (updated)

Chris Juhn

Tuesday, May 25 will mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic murder at the hands of Minneapolis police. His agonizing death, filmed by multiple bystanders for 9 minutes and 29-seconds, stunned, horrified, and outraged the nation and helped to spark a national and global charge for racial justice, and police reform, and reimagining.

Now one year later, the City of Minneapolis is still processing and reeling from Floyd’s death and the civil unrest that occurred in its aftermath. This weekend, events will take place in the Twin Cities (and across the nation) that offer opportunities for healing and reflection—from rallies, marches, and panel discussions to vigils music, and art exhibits.

Find a few free, community events below. Let us know of more in the comments.

Related Story: Gov. Walz calls for moment of silence for George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death


Saturday May 22 – Sunday, 23

Justice For George: Messages From The People

12-8 pm @ Phelps Park, 701 E. 39th St., Minneapolis.

Community members are invited to reflect on the impact of George Floyd’s death and its painful aftermath through art in the park. Organizers have created space at Phelps Field to display some of the colorful plywood murals that adorned the boarded-up businesses during last year’s riots. Over 80 works will be featured at the exhibit which runs until Sunday. The art preservation initiative was made possible through a partnership with Save the Boards Minneapolis and the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery.

Find more info here.


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Sunday, May 23

Peaceful Rally & March

4 pm @ Hennepin County Courthouse, 300 South 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis

Organized through a partnership between the George Floyd Memorial Foundation and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the family of George Floyd, Attorney Ben Crump, community leaders, and activists will lead a rally to reflect on George Floyd’s killing and call for police accountability and reform.

The event will be held outside the Hennepin County Courthouse and will honor the death of Floyd who uttered, “I can’t breathe” a year ago this Tuesday. The rally begins at 4 pm, with the march to follow at 5:30 pm.

Find more info here.


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Monday, May 24

From Protest to Policy Virtual Panel Discussion

11 am-1 pm @ Westin Minneapolis, 88 S. 6th St., Minneapolis

A virtual town hall featuring families of victims who have lost loved ones to police killings, including Katy and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin. The discussion will be led by activist DeRay Mckesson. The event is sponsored by the George Floyd Memorial Foundation.

Find more info here.


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Monday, May 24 

State of Black & Brown America Virtual Panel Discussion  

 3-4 pm @ W Minneapolis-The Foshay, 821 S. Marquette Ave., in Minneapolis

Adriannette Williams, George Floyd Memorial Foundation board member will lead a virtual panel discussion on the State of Black and Brown America. The event is sponsored by Check Your Privilege.

Find more info here.


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Monday, May 24

George Floyd Angelversary March and Rally for Justice for All Stolen Lives

5 pm @ Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul

Organizers, Courteney Ross, the significant other of George Floyd, and other representatives of families of people killed by police will gather at the Capitol to call on legislative change in honor of George Floyd. The event is organized by Families Demand Justice for All Stolen Lives.

Find more info here.


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Monday, May 24

Virtual Day of Action

If you’d like to avoid big crowds, but still want to get involved, this virtual initiative is one way to do it. From using your social media platforms to call for justice, contacting local officials, and supporting critical legislation, organizers hope to use this moment to create unity, hope, and progress.

Find more info here.


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Tuesday, May 25

Rise & Remember George Floyd Global Memorial Celebration

1-9 pm @ George Floyd Square, 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

The George Floyd Global Memorial, founded by Jeanelle Austin, the lead keeper of George Floyd Square, and community members are hosting an in-person gathering to commemorate the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death at the site of his last moments. The event centers the family and friends of George Perry Floyd Jr., families impacted by injustice or loss, and the caretakers who have preserved the memorial for 12 months. Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness are also scheduled to perform. Worldwide Outreach for Christ, located at the intersection of 38th & Chicago, will also host a cookout for attendees.

1 pm: Art, community fellowship, food, open-mic, children’s area

6 pm: Concert honoring families of injustice or loss

8 pm: Candlelight vigil at George Floyd Square

Find more info here.


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Tuesday, May 25

Inaugural Remembrance: Celebration of Life

11 am – 5 pm @ Commons Park, 425 S. Portland Ave., Minneapolis.

The community is invited to gather in celebration of life through Black culture, art, history while supporting local businesses. Organizers hope to shine a light on the city’s resilience and foster a sense of unity to continue to advance the fight for justice for all. The event will feature a special guest appearance by Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson as well as local musicians in Commons park. The event is organized by the George Floyd Memorial Foundation.

Find more info here.


Chris Juhn George Floyd Square after the verdict on April 20, 2021.

Tuesday, May 25

George Floyd Memorial Vigil

2-9 pm @ Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

The Racial Justice Initiative of Plymouth Congregational Church invites community members to join them for a few minutes or a few hours. In solidarity with the work at George Floyd Square, organizers will consciously hold space for silence, prayer, poetry, and music. Participants can create a message of justice to share with the community, walk the labyrinth and join in a special remembrance with Plymouth Clergy from 8-9 pm.

 Find more info here.


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Tuesday, May 25

An Evening Vigil to Honor the Life of George Floyd

8 pm @ 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law community will recognize the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and the impact it has had on the world by gathering together on the front lawn along Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Organizers will distribute candles and observe a time of silence for 9 minutes and 29 seconds to honor Floyd’s life. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available. No public access to the building. Everyone is encouraged to come out or hold an observance of their own at a location of their choice.

Find more info here.

Wednesday, May 26

The Community Remembrance for George Floyd & Black Family Reunion Forum

12-2 pm @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

The community is invited to join Minnesota’s Healing Justice Foundation for a live event on the anniversary of Mr. Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Join in the exclusive public session convened by the Minneapolis community that will remember Mr. Floyd’s life and promote healing and togetherness for Black families.

The event will be held in person at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, a Black-owned restaurant in Minneapolis, owned and operated by award-winning chef and entrepreneur Tomme Beevas. The event will also be live-streamed via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2996253653965576.

This event is sponsored by Healing Justice Foundation, a national philanthropic non-profit led by Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally recognized speaker, and community advocate.

For more info and to register for the virtual event, go here.

Check back for updates; let us know of an event we missed in the comments.

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