Nancy Patricia Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has led a memorial in Texas for the African American whose death sparked global protests, George Floyd.
The memorial saw Pelosi together with members of the United States’ Democrats clad in kente – the Ghanaian cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips.
The members with their Kente sashes around their necks, observed silence for close to nine minutes, the exact time George Floyd’s killer knelt on his neck, as they knelt in to commemorate him.
“Last summer, a number of us went to Ghana to observe the 400 anniversary of the first slaves coming across the Atlantic. That tragedy, that horror of history, a then slavery in our own country and all of the consequences at that. We are here to observe that pain.
“We are here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that specifically manifested in police brutality. We are here to honour George Floyd,” said the Speaker.