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1/In sanctuary for #GeorgeFloyd #Houston funeral due to start in about an hour. Family and friends are wearing black and white, filing past the open, gold-plated casket. Everyone wearing masks. @AP and @HoustonChron posting photo.
2/Family and guests taking seats #GeorgeFloyd #Houston funeral. @JJWatt and @channingtatum spotted. @tylerperry Jamie Fox and @FloydMayweather expected.
3/ The latest from #GeorgeFloyd family and funeral in #Houston…
4/Seeing a lot of misinformation circulating about #GeorgeFloyd that relatives find troubling. He’s a real person who died at the hands of police. Please read. Don’t trust what you read? Research. Do the work. #Read #FactsMatter #FactsNotFear #journalismmatters
6/#Houston police chief just arrived @ArtAcevedo I’ve seen some officers and plenty of security inside #GeorgeFloydMemorial
7/#GeorgeFloyd family entering sanctuary, many wearing white
8/Scores of #GeorgeFloyd relatives entering with @TheRevAl also in white as choir sings modern gospel classic “Total Praise”
9/Sanctuary capacity is 2,500, they expected 500 but there more than twice that here and still filing in #GeorgeFloydMemorial #Houston
10/Just met up with #GeorgeFloyd uncle Selwyn Jones and his family from SD who have attended all three services - check out his story @latimes
11/#GeorgeFloyd funeral packed - likely at 2,500 capacity. Jamie Foxx here, no @tylerperry
12/ #GeorgeFloyd former girlfriend Roxie Washington just passed with family caring his 6 year old daughter Gianna in a blue dress
14/ #GeorgeFloyd funeral program
15/ #GeorgeFloyd funeral program
16/ #GeorgeFloyd daughter Gianna brought a stuffed pink unicorn to his funeral
17/Photos of protesters in #GeorgeFloyd funeral program, footage playing as Dray Tate sings protest anthem “A Change is Gonna Come”
18/Kathy Taylor, who the pastor calls #Houston “modern day Mahalia Jackson” and the #Houston ensemble get the assembled to sing “God is with us”
19/ @JoeBiden calls #GeorgeFloyd daughter brave, says she’s going through what too many black children have. “Now is the time for racial justice”
20/ @JoeBiden who’s Catholic ended with scripture often read at Catholic funerals, also a hymn “Eagle’s Wings.” #GeorgeFloyd
I think it’s fair to say she took us all to church today.
21/Houston U.S. Rep. Al Green calls for a department of reconciliation. “We survived segregation but we didn’t reconcile.” This has been floated as a proposal, similar to reconciliation programs in countries like #SouthAfrica
22/ Great book I read years ago about the #SouthAfrica reconciliation hearings (read more about more recent hearings in #Tunisia)…
23/@SheJackLeeTX “I don’t know if I’ll ever get 8 minutes 42 seconds out of my DNA...there are people all over this world who will not sit down until you get justice” #GeorgeFloyd
24/ @SylvesterTurner thanks #GeorgeFloyd family for calling for peaceful protests, says he’s drafting an order to ban chokeholds and other police practices “In this city you must exhaust all alternatives before shooting”
25/Kathleen McGee #GeorgeFloyd aunt speaks at funeral, tells mothers of black boys to hug them “Because we just don’t know when their time will come.”
26/#GeorgeFloyd niece Brooklyn Williams speaks at his funeral, sparking applause, “When has America been great? This is not just murder, but a hate crime...America, it is time for a change.”
27/ Neo singing “Yesterday,” a ca pella, getting choked up after thanking #GeorgeFloyd for his sacrifice. Another song that may take you back, especially if you’re my age and have covered a lot of funerals.
28/Rev. Steve Wells, who is white, says racism killed #GeorgeFloyd; that he would understand if they didn’t want to include a white preacher but, “You chose love.”
29/ Rev. Wells calls out “white churches” says “we have not done enough” need to make notes and ask daily: What did you do? #GeorgeFloyd
30/Nakitta Foxx has people standing and singing along; atmosphere certainly feels like a celebration of life #GeorgeFloyd
31/ so much preaching at #GeorgeFloyd funeral - and @TheRevAl hasn’t even spoken yet
32/ @TheRevAl at #georgefloydfuneral #Houston says, “Lives like George’s won’t matter until someone pays the cost of taking those lives”
33/ @TheRevAl acknowledges relatives in crowd of other black men and women who died at hands of police: #TrayvonMartin #MichaelBrown #AhmaudArbery #EricGarner #BothamJean
34/ @TheRevAl to #NFL “Don’t apologize: Give @Kaepernick7 his job back”
35/ @TheRevAl calls on people to attend national march on #WashingtonDC Aug. 28 led by #GeorgeFloyd family in anniversary of #Ihaveadream
36/Service ending as family #GeorgeFloyd heads to cemetery where he will be buried next to his late mother.
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