After memorials in Minnesota and North Carolina, family and friends gathered in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd.
Following the ceremony, Floyd is expected to be buried next to his mom, Larcenia "Miss Cissy" Floyd, who he called out for in his last moments before being killed, according to USA Today.
The nearly three-hour event was filled with moments of encouragement, comfort and reflection as speakers came to share their condolences with the Floyd family.
Here are the top moments from the "gentle giant's" celebration of life.
1. Notable attendees
Family and friends were comforted by a host of friends and acquaintances who came to pay their respects to Floyd.
Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum and Al B. Sure were also in attendance.
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Singer Ne-Yo sang an acapella version of Boyz II Men's "So Hard to Say Goodbye."
"This man changed the world, he changed the world for the better," Ne-Yo said before singing. "I just want to personally thank George Floyd for his sacrifice so that my kids could be alright later on."
Kim Burrell took the stage to sing "God Will Take Care of You" at the beginning of the program.
Texas Reps. Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee were also at the funeral.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been at the family's side since Floyd's killing, gave the eulogy.
2. Artist Ange Hillz did a speed painting of Floyd
As singer Dray Tate took the stage to sing Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," artist Agne Hillz did a speed painting of Floyd upside down.
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3. Floyd will be honored with a memorial in Accra, Ghana
Speaker Ivy McGregor announced Floyd will be honored with a memorial at the Diaspora African Forum in the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra, Ghana.
The late 46-year-old's picture and name will appear on the wall at the center, as Blavity previously reported.
The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, tweeted a picture of Floyd and accompanying words on behalf of the country.
"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.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 1, 2020
4. Joe Biden addressed the family in a video
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've got to deal with the denial of the promise of this nation to so many people for so long," Biden said. "It's about who we are, what we believe, and maybe most importantly, who we want to be."
Biden addressed Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, who enamored people's hearts in a video saying "Daddy changed the world."
"Little Gianna you're so brave. … Daddy is looking down and he is proud of you. …. The pure joy of rising on his shoulders so you could touch the sky," Biden said. "Looking through your eyes, we should also be asking ourselves why the answer is so often too cruel and painful."
5. June 9 declared George Floyd Day in Harris County, Texas
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed June 9 as George Perry Floyd, Jr. Day in Harris County, as Blavity previously reported.
Although Floyd spent his last years in Minneapolis, "Big Floyd" grew up in Houston's Third Ward, where he played football for his high school.
Mayor Turner also shared proposed legislation to reform the police department, including banning chokeholds. According to the Houston Chronicle, nine other proposals will be introduced.
6. Families of victims of police brutality stood in solidarity
During Rev. Al Sharpton's eulogy, the civil rights activist asked the families of victims of police brutality to stand to be recognized for their solidarity with the Floyd family.
While the fight for justice for Floyd has only just begun, Sharpton encouraged his family to stay strong — as the journey will be long.