Ludacris, Kevin Hart and more celebs attend George Floyd’s memorial

Francis Akhalbey Francis Akhalbey | Editor June 5, 2020

Ludacris at George Floyd's memorial -- Photo Credit: Aaron L. Morrison

The first memorial for George Floyd was held in Minneapolis on Thursday with several celebrities as well as politicians attending the somber event.

Floyd, 46, lost his life after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes, ignoring pleas from the victim that he could not breathe. During the memorial, attendants observed a moment of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer spent kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

Speaking at the event, Rev. Al Sharpton, who acknowledged the presence of notable figures in attendance, called for an end to systemic racism in the United States.

“The reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck,” Sharpton said. “We don’t want no favors. Just get up off of us and we can be and do whatever we can be.”

The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, also said: “What we are doing is helping America be America for all Americans. George Floyd is the moment that gives us the best opportunity that I have seen in a long time of reaching that high ideal that this country was founded upon.”

Also joining the host of celebrities at the memorial were politicians and notable activists including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Gov. Tim Walz, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Ayanna Pressley, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, among others.

Take a look at the celebrities that were spotted at the memorial below: