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A Year After Mourning, Minnesotans Celebrate George Floyd

Community reflections from George Floyd Square

May 28, 2021

By Kyeland Jackson

Thousands of Minnesotans gathered at George Floyd Square on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – the first anniversary of Floyd’s murder – to celebrate his life. Smells of barbecue, burning sage and spring flowers wafted through the square. Music played between spoken word poetry, speeches and shouts for justice. It had been a year since Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all three counts last month. While the day was reserved to celebrate Floyd’s life, it was also a day to reflect and call for equitable justice in America.

View a photo essay of the celebration


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