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How George Floyd's NC family plans to commemorate his death anniversary

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They want May 25 to be commemorated as the day the world came together for a common purpose and opened the world's eyes to the plight of Black Americans.

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GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: The one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death is next month. His family here in Raleigh working on an initiative for it. They're calling it an awakening.

ROGER FLOYD: We also have the t-shirt that we designed.

GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: Roger Floyd, George's uncle, is showing me the merchandise to mark the one-year anniversary of his nephew's death, all with an image of George Floyd and the phrase "Day of Enlightenment."

ROGER FLOYD: And we want to get this completely, definitely across the United States so everybody can be in a position to have the gear, wear the gear, especially on May 25.

GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: The George Floyd Memorial Center website saying they want May 25 to be commemorated as a day the world came together for a common purpose. The merchandise is on sale on the website of the center-- a nonprofit with plans to build a brick and mortar building in Raleigh.

ROGER FLOYD: And it's going to be used also as a fundraiser.

GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: Raleigh resident Roger Floyd says proceeds will go to their programs, such as providing free technological training to residents in Hoke County.

Meanwhile, closing arguments begin Monday in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd's death.

ROGER FLOYD: There are moments where I have to turn away for a bit, especially when the defense is at it. It's just like now George is on trial. He had a past, like we all do. But everyone deserves a second chance. But we're just hopeful, we're optimistic that we'll get the verdict, outcome, that I know the world is hoping for.

GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: This, as more protests against police brutality are planned across the US.

ROGER FLOYD: Come out, protest, but do it orderly, do it peacefully. You can make your same point.

GLORIA RODRIGUEZ: Members of George Floyd's family working to include a tribute to him here at Freedom Park in downtown Raleigh. Tomorrow, members of his family will be here for an event.

In Raleigh, Gloria Rodriguez, ABC-11 Eyewitness News.