The funeral of African American George Floyd was held Tuesday in the southern U.S. city of Houston, where he grew up and spent most of his life, two weeks after his tragic death in police custody in Minneapolis.
A short film was played at the funeral, showing a montage of Floyd's photos depicting his life and also the protests around the world following his death.
Civil Right Activist Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at the funeral."God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that's going to change the whole wide world," Sharpton said.
"Your family is going to miss you George, but your nation is going to always remember your name. Because your neck was one that represents all of us, and how you suffered is how we all suffer," he added.
In a pre-recorded video broadcast at the funeral, former Vice President Joe Biden, Biden said, "Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing they could lose their life in the course of just living their life?... When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced at the funeral that he will sign an executive order banning the city police from using chokeholds and strangleholds. He declared June 9 as "George Floyd Day" in the city.
Floyd's niece Brooke Williams touched the audience's hearts with her emotional speech. She said she saw no remorse in the white police officer when he pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, "watching my uncle's soul leave his body.""This is not just a murder, but a hate crime," she added.
“Someone said, make America great again. But when has America ever been great?”
Floyd was buried next to his mother, to whom he called out with his last dying words.