Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina George Floyd, was a star athlete in high school and among the first of his siblings to attend college. Like all of us, he had some ups and downs in his life, but in adulthood, Floyd became committed to his Christian faith, becoming an active church volunteer and a mentor to troubled youth in his community.
On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd went to buy a pack of cigarettes and was murdered in broad daylight by the Minneapolis Police Department. A store clerk called the police on Mr. Floyd, accusing him of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Mr. Floyd denied this and tried to remain calm when four policemen showed up to arrest him. One of them, a cop named Derek Chauvin, held his knee to Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as Mr. Floyd laid in the street, begging for breath. He called out for his mother, who had died two years earlier, until the ambulance arrived, which turned out to be his hearse.
George Floyd was 46 years old. The blatant disregard for his civil rights and the barbarity of his death, caught on camera by multiple witnesses, sparked outrage and mass protests worldwide. Within weeks of Mr. Floyd’s murder, significant reforms were being pushed forward against the systemic culture of white supremacy and police brutality, some for the first time in America’s history.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation was established by Bridgett Floyd (sister) and family members in August of 2020. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting global awareness of racial injustices and provide opportunities for others to contribute to the unification of our communities.
Our mission is to amplify George Floyd's story through organized community outreach, targeted educational programs, and intentional reform initiatives. We will challenge police brutality, promote social justice, and ensure the protection of civil rights is afforded to all people.
Our vision is to increase awareness through programs and services on issues that affect the African American and other minority communities, sustain the financial outlook, increase visibility, and provide a pathway for constituents who need support.