The Minnesota Vikings will welcome George Floyd’s family to US Bank Stadium for Sunday’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
The team have announced pre-game plans for Week 1, which include recognition of Floyd’s family after a pre-recorded musical performance of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.
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#Vikings are announcing pre-game plans to raise awareness of social justice issues and will welcome George Floyd’s family on Sunday. https://t.co/kjvYBdOQIi
The Vikings have announced that they will not welcome fans to the stands for their first two home games against the Packers and Tennessee Titans on September 27.
Floyd was killed on May 26 by Derek Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he was lying face down on the ground.
Floyd’s murder was one of many similar events that led to widespread protests across the country and prompted athletes of all sports to take a public stand against police brutality and racial injustice.
On June 4, a number of NFL stars filmed a video calling on the league to “condemn racism and systematic oppression of black people.”
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answered the players’ call: “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. protest peacefully. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. ”
The Vikings took new initiatives in the wake of Floyd’s death, including donating $ 5 million to various social justice causes and creating a scholarship in Floyd’s name that will be awarded annually to black students.