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Live: George Floyd’s Funeral Gets Under Way in Houston

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21:25

Mr Floyd’s golden casket has now left the church and has been placed into a hearse.21:22

 The golden casket is loaded onto the shoulders of the pallbearers and they are slowly making their way down the aisle out of the church, behind the priest and lots of the congregation.

Mr Floyd’s family are following the casket down the aisle.

The pallbearers are swinging to the music from the choir, as are the congregation.21:19

The pall bearers are coming towards the front of the church, all wearing black face masks, to carry the casket out of the Fountain of Praise church21:16

This part of the funeral is now over and George Floyd’s family and friends will now go to the cemetery to bury his body.

Each section of seats will be allowed to leave when an usher says so and they have been told to go straight to their cars to avoid too many people being close together.

21:05

 Mr Sharpton has left the stage after telling mourners “we will fight on”.21:03

Mr Sharpton said he has “seen the end of the book” and there will be justice for George Floyd.

He added: “This is not the end of the fight, this is the beginning of the fight.”

20:51

Mr Sharpton said “God took the rejected stone and made it the cornerstone of a movement that is going to change the whole wide world” in relation to Mr Floyd’s death.

He said if Mr Floyd was rich or famous then people would have said that was the only reason there was an outcry.

20:38

Mr Sharpton has said “we have allowed people to become officers of the law who should be somewhere else in society”.

He has questioned the mentality of someone who could kneel on someone’s neck for nearly 9 minutes.

Mr Sharpton also said “bad cops” need to go to jail for things to change.

20:31

Mr Sharpton has paid tribute to Mr Floyd’s family lawyer Benjamin Crump, who he referred to as “black America’s attorney general”.

20:25

Mr Sharpton says “lives like George’s will not matter until someone pays the cost for taking their lives”.

20:24

Mr Sharpton has said Mr Floyd’s death was not “just a tragedy, it was a crime”.

20:20

The civil rights leader Al Sharpton is about to preach the eulogy. 

He is being introduced as a “world leader” and “freedom fighter”.

20:17

The gospel singer Nakitta Foxx has been singing a powerful rendition of “We Offer Praise”,with mourners seen on their feet and applauding as she draws to a close.

20:13

Why is the funeral service being held in Houston?

Mr Floyd was killed in Minneapolis after a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The 46-year-old had only been living in the Minnesota city for several years after moving there to find work.

Mr Floyd grew up and went to school in Houston, Texas.

19:56

Reverend Lawson says “we’ve lost a loved one and the pain is almost unbearable” and then asks “what good can come of that?”

He adds Mr Floyd’s death has started a worldwide movement and that movement is not going to stop.

19:51

Reverend William “Bill” Lawson has said he has seen many “struggles against racism” which have brought about little change.

He adds: “The first thing we need to do is clean out the White House.”

He encourages people to “go and vote” because states and cities need good leadership.19:43

Mourners are on their feet as Michael Tolds, dressed all in white, sings “My Soul’s Been Anchored”.

19:36

Earnesia Clabron-Dangerfield, who went to the same school as Mr Floyd, is now reading a poem.

She has called him a “gentle giant” and said he was always “repping H town” in a reference to Houston.

19:34

Neo says “God bless you” and leaves the stage.

19:32

 The singer-songwriter Neo is now singing a song with the lyrics “it’s hard to say goodbye to yesterday”.

19:30

A relative, dressed in black, has said the “key is love” and asked everyone to tell their brothers they love them.

He said Mr Floyd was a man who never complained and would protect his family from the rain.

19:26

Al Green, congressman for Texas’ 9th congressional district, asked for reconciliation in a powerful address at the funeral.

19:22

A relative just said Mr Floyd’s death “will not be in vain”.

He called out to the mourners: “What’s his name?”

They replied: “George Floyd.”

19:15

Another of Mr Floyd’s brothers is speaking and said he has been thinking about the death a lot at night.

He said he wants justice for “Big Floyd” and added his brother’s death will change the world.19:14

Mr Floyd’s niece is speaking passionately and said “America is time for a change”,

She had earlier laughed as she said Mr Floyd told her she would “go far with her brains”.19:13

Mr Floyd’s brother also spoke briefly and broke down as he thanked God for giving him his own “personal Superman”.

Mr Floyd’s niece spoke next and said as long as she is breathing justice will be served.

She added in a reference to President Donald Trump: “Someone said ‘make America great again’ but when has America ever been great?”

19:08

George Floyd’s aunt, dressed all in white, is now speaking.

The aunt, who didn’t give her name, is thanking everybody and the “whole world” for “what they have done for her family”.

She said Mr Floyd was a “pesky little rascal but we all loved him”.

She has also told mothers around the world to hug their children.

19:06

A video montage is showing images of George Floyd as Cal Wayne sings “Hood Cry”.

19:04

Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, said: “Who would have thought that his name would now be mentioned in South Africa, Canada, Nairobi, Berlin, South Korea, Europe – a person who may not have been known by many before.

“What folk meant for evil, God has turned out for good.”

18:58

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, for Texas’ 18th Congressional District, has said Mr Floyd was “here on an assignment”.

She said: “It will be up to us that his purpose and his assignment for the justice of this nation, for the fact there will never be the brutality faced by a man that says I can’t breathe, and calls to a momma who loved him so.

“That is the call for all of us.”

She had earlier quoted the civil rights activist Rosa Parks and said “we will not sit down until justice comes”.

18:52

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden shared a video message with the mourners.

Mr Biden met with George Floyd’s family yesterday. 

18:46

Congressman Al Green for Texas’ 9th Congressional District has just finished a passionate speech at the funeral.

He said Mr Floyd’s only crime was being born black. 

Mr Green: “We survived slavery but we didn’t reconcile, we survived segregation but we didn’t reconcile.”

He said a “department of reconciliation” is need in the US to create a brighter future for African Americans.18:42

Mr Biden’s speech has now ended.

He had said to the mourners: “Hello everyone on this day of prayer where we try to understand God’s plan and our pain.

“To George’s family and friends… as I have said to you privately – we know, we know you will never feel the same again.

“For most people the numbness you feel now will slowly turn, day after day, season after season in a purpose through the memory of the one they lost.

“But for you that day has come before you can fully grieve, and unlike most you must grieve in public.

“This burden, a burden that is now your purpose to change the world for the better.”

18:36

The lawyer for George Floyd’s family, Ben Crump, shares a photo taken before the funeral.

18:31

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking now.18:29

Kathy Taylor has been singing an emotional and powerful rendition of “Oh, How Precious” with the Houston Ensemble.

Tearful mourners can be seen on their feet as she sings “God is with us” in front of Mr Floyd.

Some have been seen wiping their eyes as they are consoled by friends and family.

18:26

Actors Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are attending the service.

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18:25

Ivy McGregor for the Fountain of Praise church has just finished speaking as part of the resolutions at the service.

She was stood in front of a painting of Mr Floyd with a halo and angel wings.

Ms McGregor spoke on behalf of Mr Floyd’s former school the Jack Yates High School, and said: “Whereas we are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Jack Yates lion George Floyd, whom the father has called from labour to reward… (he was) a respected leader among all lions.

“He served with character and distinction as an athletic and gifted member of the Mighty Lions 1992 football team as the starting tight end, and was a member of the high performing Mighty Lions basketball team, who stood as a 6ft 6inch power forward able to dunk with both hands.

“And whereas George Floyd, lovingly known as big Floyd, the gentle giant, was steadfast in his kindness and devotion in helping the Jack Yates Lions succeed through his genuine example.”18:23

Zsa Zsa Floyd, George’s sister, stands up during the service.

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18:13

Dray Tate has just finished a powerful rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” as a video collage showed anti-racism protests around the  world.

Mr Floyd’s death has inspired a reckoning in many countries over the treatment of black people.

18:09

Reverend Dr Mary White has just finished a “prayer of comfort”.

She said at the start of the prayer: “Master we thank you for this celebration.

“We thank you for the life of George Floyd oh God, that in a moment when he called out for his momma, we believe that the mommas across this nation reared up, that the mommas across this world heard him cry,

“Even though for one momma, all mommas began to wail. We began to wail for all our children.

“We began to wail for our grandchildren, wail for men across this world because of one momma’s call. God thank you.”

18:01

Pastor Emeritus Gusta Booker from the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Houston is now reading from the New Testament.

17:58

Reverend Arthur Rucker is now reading from the Old Testament as family and friends remember George Floyd at the private service.

17:57

Pastor Kim Burrell says “God bless you” as she finishes a soulful and moving rendition of “God Will Take Care of You” 

17:53

A mourner wears a badge which reads “I can’t breathe” – the words spoken by George Floyd before he was killed. 

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17:50

“God Will Take Care of You” is now being sung by Pastor Kim Burrell with the Houston Ensemble

17:46

Dr Remus E. Wright & Pastor Mia K Wright are speaking at George Floyd’s funeral in Texas and have said the service will be a “celebration” of his life.

Protesters gathered in Oxford honoured George Floyd and are calling for the removal of a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes outside Oriel College.

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17:44

The funeral service has now begun.

17:38

Protesters are gathering at Whitehall and Parliament Square in London to commemorate the life of George Floyd.

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17:37

As George Floyd is laid to rest next to his mother today, I’m holding his family and friends in my heart. His murder sparked a powerful movement and we won’t stop fighting for justice for him and his loved ones.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 9, 2020

17:35

Leading the family of #GeorgeFloyd into the church for the final memorial service. pic.twitter.com/FBZKya8U89— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 9, 2020

17:34

Sky’s Greg Milam, who is in Texas, has said most of George Floyd’s family appear to be wearing white in his honour.

17:33

Protesters in Oxford sit in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to remember the length of time George Floyd had pressure applied to his neck. pic.twitter.com/EtQEFiXlqO— Jason Farrell (@JasonFarrellSky) June 9, 2020

17:32

Quincy Mason Floyd, George’s son, enters the church for his father’s funeral.

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17:26

More mourners arrive as a singer performs. 

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17:20

A number of mourners have become overwhelmed with emotion as they approached the casket. 

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17:13

 The order of service for the funeral is detailed below

The Overture

“The Blood” Sung by Donieta Webb-Thomas

The Prelude

“Nobody Like Our God” Sung by Rhonda McLemore with the Houston Ensemble (under the direction of Terrence Hartford)

The Entrance

Clergy, Honorary Pallbearers & Family

“Broken but Healed” Total Praise

Final Viewing & Sealing of the Bier

Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center

Life Celebration Salutation

A.Dr. Remus E. Wright & Pastor Mia K. Wright (Senior Pastor and Co-Pastor, The Fountain of Praise, Houston, TX)

Musical Selection

“God Will Take Care of You” Sung by Pastor Kim Burrell with the Houston Ensemble

Old Testament Reading

A.Rev. Arthur Rucker

New Testament Reading

Pastor Emeritus Gusta Booker (Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, Houston, TX)

Prayer of Comfort

Reverend Dr. Mary White

Video Montage with Musical Selection                                           

“A Change is Gonna Come” Sung by Dray Tate

(Video Collage of Protests around the World in the Background with Visual Artist Ange Hillz)

Resolutions

Read by Ivy McGregor for The Fountain of Praise, Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church and Jack Yates High School c/o 1993 (All others to be acknowledged)

Musical Selection

“Oh, How Precious” Sung by Kathy Taylor with the Houston Ensemble 

Dignitarial Remarks

Joe Biden (Former Vice President of the United States)

Congressman Al Green, 9th Congressional District

Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, 18th Congressional District

Mayor Sylvester Turner (Mayor of Houston)

Video Montage with Musical Selection

“Hood Cry” Sung by Cal Wayne (Video Collage of Floyd’s Performances Without Audio)

Family Expressions

Kathleen McGee, Brady Bob & Travis Cains

Family Tribute

Selection sung by “Neo”

Poem

Earnesia Clabron-Dangerfield (Jack Yates Alum)

Musical Selection

“My Soul’s Been Anchored” Sung by Michael Tolds

Acknowledgement of Clergy

A.Dr. Remus E. Wright, Senior Pastor

Ministerial Remarks

A.Rev. William “Bill” Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX

B.Dr. Steve Wells, Senior Pastor, South Main Baptist Church (Houston, TX)

C.Dr. Ralph Douglas West, Sr., Pastor /Founder, The Church Without Walls (Houston, TX)17:10

Sombre relatives and friends walked behind George Floyd’s casket.

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16:59

A choir is singing as mourners walk into the Fountain of Praise church in Mr Floyd’s home city of Houston.

The 46-year-old is being laid to rest in a private ceremony after his killing in police custody sparked worldwide anti-racism protests.16:58

Pallbearers carried Mr Floyd’s coffin into the church in Houston, Texas, earlier.

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