Remembering George Floyd through day of memorials

A memorial service held for George Floyd on Thursday at North Central University in Minneapolis honored the man before he was a symbol of a larger movement for justice.
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And good evening. It is great to have you with us here on a Thursday night. And it was a profound day in America. A country in pain and from Minneapolis to New York City, thousands paused to remember, to honor, to fight for justice for George Floyd. Here in Brooklyn, thousands were gathered right here in this park. We were with Terence Floyd as he spoke. His message on the peaceful protests, on the violence, and what he told me about the sea of faces here, from all backgrounds, and what that meant to him. All of this playing out as they paid tribute in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed. A moving memorial service we witnessed today, and this moment here, the police chief paying tribute, taking a knee at the side of the hearse that carried Floyd's coffin. His family sharing their memories of a childhood with little money but a lot of love. They described him as a gentle giant. They celebrated his kindness today. The reverend Al Sharpton tliferring the guy, saying, get your knee off of our necks. In Brooklyn, thousands gathering right here, chanting George Floyd's name. You will hear his brother's call for peace. And what he shared with me about what he saw in this crowd, saying it took him days to be able to say what he said here today. At this hour, on the tenth day of protests, thousands are marching here in New York City, crossing over the Brooklyn bridge after what they witnessed right here in this park. Also tonight, in the streets and bridges of downtown Pittsburgh and again this evening in los Angeles, scenes being repeated in cities and towns across this country. There are several more tributes planned before George Floyd is buried in Houston next week. His family calling them a celebration of his life. But also, a plea to America. ABC's linsey Davis leads us off from Minneapolis tonight. Reporter: While thousands have taken a knee in recent days, this time felt different. A powerful moment as the Minneapolis police chief kneeled as George Floyd's casket passed him by. Amazing grace Reporter: Before this 46-year-old became the symbol of a movement, he was a man. At today's memorial service in Minneapolis, we learned about the father and brother from humble beginnings. The high school athlete who loved Lebron James and grew up eating banana and mayonnaise sandwiches. He touched so many people's hearts, you know, because he been touching our hearts. You come to third ward where we're from, people are crying right now. That is how much they loved him. He was this great, big giant, and when he would wrap his arms around you, you would just feel like, you know, you were -- everything could just go away. Reporter: The nation got a glimpse of every black church on any given Sunday, as reverend Al Sharpton gave the eulogy that was as much as it was personal, as it was political, even making a dig at president trump. We cannot use bibles as a prop and for those that have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop. Reporter: Sand the sermon paralleled the life of George Floyd with the struggle of black America. What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services and in every area of American life. It is time for us to stand up in George's name and say, "Get your knee off our necks." Reporter: And after his calls for accountability and change, this was this moment -- 8 minutes and 46 seconds of stillness, symbolizing Floyd's final moments. They had enough time. Now, what will we do with the time we have? And linsey Davis with us from Minneapolis tonight. And linsey, I know, we also learned just before we came on the air tonight about plans for a March on Washington now? Reporter: That's right, David, as you know that marches were an integral part of the civil rights movement and rendvere Al Sharpton announced a return to those roots, saying there will be a March on Washington this August 28th, on the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington. But he said this will be led by the Floyd family, the garner families and any other families that have suffered similar loss. David? Linsey Davis leading us off from Minneapolis. Linsey, thank you.

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