Thursday marks three years since George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. His death launched a global push toward racial justice and equity.
There are events through the weekend to honor Floyd and his impact. Many events are hosted by the George Floyd Global Memorial, a nonprofit run by Floyd's friends, family and community leaders in Minneapolis.
11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rise & Remember Conference. The two-day inaugural event will be held at Best Buy's headquarters at 7601 Penn Av. S., Richfield. The conference will feature panel discussions on cultural preservation, rest and racial healing. Tickets are available at bit.ly/3q30ZFf, starting at $95 with an option to pay what you can.
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Processional tribute to George Floyd by dancers from Ananya Dance Theatre, a St. Paul professional dance ensemble of women of color. The procession begins at the Say Their Names Cemetery at 37th Street and Park Avenue and ends at George Floyd Square. Organizers ask attendees to RSVP at bit.ly/3IG238G. Free.
8-10 p.m.: Candlelight Vigil at George Floyd Square. Free.
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Rise & Remember Conference Day 2 will feature sessions on policy, healthcare and racial justice within large organizations.
6-11 p.m.: George Floyd Global Memorial Gala at Paisley Park. The gala will have musical performances, speakers including Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, and food by Owamni chef Sean Sherman. Tickets start at $195 and increase for corporations. They are available at bit.ly/3BUXXFU.
1-9 p.m.: Rise and Remember Festival at George Floyd Square, 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis. The festival in its third year will include live music, a self-care fair, kid's activities, art and food from diverse vendors. Free.
5-9 p.m.: Justice for George Exhibit: Breaking Barriers, Building Bonds at Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Av. in Minneapolis. The event will showcase murals created in 2020 with an emphasis on mental health. There will be interactive painting and food. Free.
12-7 p.m.: The Justice for George Exhibit continues at Squirrel Haus Arts with music, mural painting and holistic health vendors. Free.