George Floyd To Be Honored With Memorial At W.E.B. DuBois Center In Ghana
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted an image of Floyd with accompanying words on behalf of Ghanians.
June 09, 2020 at 5:28 pm
During Tuesday's funeral for George Floyd, speaker Ivy McGregor announced that the late 46-year-old's name and picture will be placed on the wall at the Diaspora African Forum in the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra, Ghana.
President @NAkufoAddo will honor George Floyd with his name on the wall of memorial at WEB Du Bois Center in Accra Ghana. #GeorgeFloydMemorial
— Bill (@bedzrah) June 9, 2020
On June 1, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted an image of Floyd with accompanying words.
"Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and an ugly reminder," Akufo-Addo said.
"It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to be grapple with the problem of systemic racism," he added. "On behalf of the people of Ghana, I express my deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd."
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 1, 2020
While memorials were held in North Carolina, Minnesota and Texas for Floyd, Ghanian community leaders held a celebration of life in Accra on Friday, according to Visit Ghana.
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— Rocky Apedo (@apedo_rocky) June 5, 2020
The memorial service, which was held at the W.E.B. DuBois Center, highlighted the shared pain of injustice faced by Black people in the United States.
“We gathered to pray and remember as Martin Luther King said, 'Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere,’" Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, minister of tourism, arts and culture, said. "We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and sisters home, Ghana is your home. African is your home. We have our arms wide open, ready to welcome you home."
Floyd was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis after former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for nearly 10 minutes, as Blavity previously reported.