“We were smarter than the underfunded schools you put us in, but you had your knee on our neck,” the Rev. Al Sharpton says below in his eulogy at the first memorial service for George Floyd, who died Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes “We could run corporations and not hustle in the streets, but you had your knee on our neck,” Sharpton continues. “We had creative skills, we could do whatever anybody else could do. But we couldn’t get your knee off our neck.
“It’s time to stand up and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks,’”
The memorial service was held beneath a mural of Floyd in the sanctuary on the downtown Minneapolis campus of North Central University, located about three miles north of the intersection where the killing took place
There will be more services, including one on Saturday in Raeford, N.C., where some of his family lives, and on Monday in Houston, where he lived for many years.