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A Celebration Of George Floyd’s Life At 38th And Chicago

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In between the family atmosphere in south Minneapolis on Tuesday was also the somber reminder of why the intersection has become like hallowed ground for people, Jeff Wagner reports (2:06) WCCO 4 News At 5 - May 25, 2021

Video Transcript

FRANK VASCELLARO: The murder caught on camera one year ago today sparked more than just calls for justice for George Floyd. It sparked a movement for change across the country and the world. We have a team of reporters covering what this day means to Minnesotans, and we're live in Washington DC, where the Floyd family met with President Joe Biden. We want to begin with Jeff Wagner who is live in Minneapolis. Jeff.

JEFF WAGNER: Yeah, good evening, Frank. We're not far from 38th and Chicago, and I will say that it truly does feel like a celebration of life over there. It reminds me of the vibes and the positivity that we witnessed in the immediate days and weeks at this intersection following George Floyd's death last summer. That's when people felt called to be here to reflect and also feel some positivity amidst what was a very turbulent time.

Now, everywhere you turn today, there's live music or artwork being created. The brick and mortar restaurants are here cooking meals for everyone for free. Hundreds of people are visiting. It honestly feels like a block party. But in between that family atmosphere remains a somber reminder of why this intersection has become like hallowed ground for people. George Floyd was killed at this intersection, and making sure people don't lose sight of that is also important to those visiting today.

DANTE FORNIZY: It's for sure hard to reconcile that, because to celebrate both his life and be mindful of that this has been a tragedy. But also, I believe that people showing up and showing joy in the face of tragedy is the best thing we can do.

JEFF WAGNER: He went on to say, being positive and showing good energy is a way to subvert maybe the way people are expected to feel over Floyd's killing, whether that be anger or sadness. So we talked with a few more people who came to this intersection. A mother who was here with her daughter participating in some of that artwork and a man who came all the way from Wisconsin. So tonight at 6 o'clock, we'll hear their thoughts on today's events at 38th and Chicago, and why they felt called to specifically be here on this day.

FRANK VASCELLARO: All right. We'll look forward to that, Jeff. Thank you.