HOUSTON - An emotional dedication ceremony Saturday in the Third Ward. The new mural for Black Lives Matter honoring George Floyd stretches for blocks on Alabama Street in Houston in front of Jack Yates High School
This was a labor of love and hope for many -- from the Houston artist who designed it to everyone who helped paint.
National and local leaders, friends, and family gathered to honor Houston native George Floyd at his alma mater, Jack Yate High School, with the 2 blocks long affirmation BLACK LIVES MATTER
Several members of George Floyd's family spoke at the podium, his sister, LaTonya said "I thank you all so much. This is beautiful. This beautiful. . . the greatest thing about it is it's not just black people that's behind this it all races and creeds that means so much."
Floyd's son Quincy shared his feelings, " Love and joy right now. It means a lot for everybody to come out here and show love and support for my father. I appreciate what they're doing...I'm emotional but I really can't say too much."
The street mural also features the Jack Yates High School lion mascot and the number 88 Floyd's jersey number.
His former classmates and football team members remembered him.
The ceremony also remembered the lives of other Black Americans killed by police and racial violence.
Brooke Williams, George Floyd's niece, " Not only have I my uncle, but there are others that feel the same as I do, there are many who may never be known who lost their lives to a knee being placed on their neck, being shot in their own home and were killed for simply going for a midday run. We must continue to shed light on black lives," spoke at the podium.