Arts & Culture

Documentary on George Floyd’s impact to be screened at Houston’s Emancipation Park

George Floyd was a Houston native. The documentary will show the process of creating a sculpture dedicated to him, and the impact his death had on the world.

Rowena Jesse, 62, touches a mural of George Floyd in Houston's Third Ward on April 20, 2021, after Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of his murder.
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FILE: Rowena Jesse, 62, touches a mural of George Floyd in Houston’s Third Ward on April 20, 2021.

It has been three years since George Floyd was killed a by Minneapolis police officer in an incident that ignited worldwide protests and calls for change.

To celebrate his life, activists and community leaders will host a screening of “The Making of George,” a short documentary about the creation of a sculpture of Floyd erected at Tom Bass Park in Houston.

The sculpture was unveiled in October 2022 on what would have been Floyd’s 49th birthday.

The sculpture was commissioned by Dannette Davis of Kay Davis Associates and created by sculptor Adrienne Rison-Isom. The film is being sponsored by Davis and the KDITC Foundation and will be screened at Emancipation Park on May 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Floyd was a native of the city’s Third Ward community and attended Jack Yates High School, near where the screening will take place.

The film, which is 40 minutes long, shows the process of making the sculpture, and talks to people about the impact his death had on the community.

In the trailer, it begins with Floyd’s daughter Gianna, then 6 years old, saying “Daddy changed the world.”

“Since his passing, never in a million years would I have thought that his death would have this kind of impact on the world at large,” Shareeduh Tate, president of the George Floyd Foundation, said. “Gianna said her daddy changed the world, and I absolutely echo those sentiments.”

Admission to the event is free.