“Daddy changed the world,” said George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter. In the weeks following Floyd’s unjust death and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed, the world indeed has been changed. George Floyd became known for his untimely death in Police custody, but he was so much more than this, and he was changing the world of those who loved him long before his last breath was stolen.
George Floyd was part of a big family who loved him dearly. He had five children and two grandchildren. He had six siblings and several nieces and nephews. He was a beloved son to the woman he called out for as he was dying, his mother, who herself had died two years prior.
George Floyd was an active part of the communities he lived in, with many friends. Most of his life was spent in Houston’s Third Ward and he worked hard to help others escape some of the paths this hard place had brought him to in the past, including drugs and crime.
George Floyd was a man of faith, working on his own redemption story and trying to make the world a better place. He was active with Resurrection Houston, who says he left “a gospel legacy” there and served as a father figure to many in the community.
George Floyd was a man of many talents. A gifted athlete in high school and college, a talented rapper, and a man with an instinct for helping and protecting others.
Black Lives Matter, and George Floyd’s life mattered.
George Floyd was a human being, a precious life stolen from so many who loved him. As a junior in high school, the prescient George Floyd told a friend, “I want to touch the world.” In his death, he continues to realize that dream, painful as it may be. George Floyd’s death became the tipping point for so many around the world, sparking righteous anger and continual protests. The reactions to George Floyd’s death have us seeing perhaps more clearly than we have in a long time that the long arc of the moral universe Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about truly does bend toward justice.