“I wish George was here to see it now,” George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd told participants of the March on Washington, speaking from the Lincoln Memorial.
“This is who I walk for. I walk for George, for Brianna, for Ahmaud, for Jacob, for Pamela Turner, for Michael Brown. Trayvon and whoever has lost their lives,” Floyd said.
Floyd noted that it has “never been clearer” than today that change is needed and is happening.
“It has never been clearer that change right now, is happening right now. Because we demand it. Everyone here has made a commitment. Because they wouldn’t be here for any other reason. at the moment, “Floyd said.
Floyd urged leaders to enact laws to “protect us.” He thanked the participants and supporters from across the country who supported him and the cause of his brothers.
“My brother George is looking down right now. He’s grateful for everything everyone is doing right now. You all have a lot of empathy and passion, and I’m enjoying it for now. it wasn’t for you “All of you, I don’t know where I would be right now. Because you all make me run, ”he said.
Floyd is among other family members of police violence victims speaking at today’s protest. His brother George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in May after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd’s neck to pin him to the ground.
His death sparked protests across the country and reignited a push for police reform.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misspelled George Floyd’s brother’s first name. Her name is Philonise Floyd.