George Floyd’s death inspired a national movement and forced his family to demand justice. Now, it’s time for them to celebrate his life.

A casket carrying Floyd’s body arrived at the North Central University in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of memorial services honoring him.

His family was joined by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Martin Luther King III and actor Kevin Hart.

Shortly before the memorial began Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey approached the casket and broke down, crying.

Rev. Al Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, will deliver a eulogy to honor Floyd’s life.

“We must turn this moment into a movement,” Sharpton told reporters on Wednesday, describing Floyd as a “linchpin” for police accountability.

Since the 46-year-old died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Floyd’s relatives have been part of massive protests in Texas. His children heard crowds far way from home chant their father’s name. His brother led a prayer vigil at the site of Floyd’s death.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday’s memorial would be a chance for everyone to heal.

“It’s critically important for them to see and for Minnesotans to display to them that there’s another side to us and to this state that they didn’t see last Monday night,” Walz said on Wednesday.

People in two other cities will be able to pay their respects in the next five days.

A public viewing and a private memorial service will be held in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday — the state where he was born.
-CNN