Voice for change remains constant at George Floyd memorial in south Minneapolis

In the last two weeks, community activist Tommy McBrayer has used a megaphone to get his message out to those who have gathered at the George Floyd memorial in south Minneapolis.

McBrayer works as a community organizer down the street from the Floyd scene at the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization

"It's historical to say the least, it's been overwhelming,” McBrayer said. “The energy has been like something you've never seen before."

McBrayer has lived in the neighborhood where the Floyd homicide occurred for the last couple of decades.

He’s also known for hosting an annual pre-Thanksgiving meal for those in the community.

Some of McBrayer's work has stopped memorial goers in their tracks, including a demonstration reversing the roles of those involved in the Floyd incident.

"I want you to see this from your own eyes … if your own kind was on the ground,” McBrayer told the crowd at a recent demonstration at the scene.

McBrayer wants those who see and hear his message at the memorial to bring back the emotions felt there to their own block.

"For the change, stand up for what's wrong not just because it's a black man and a cop, no because right is right and wrong is wrong,” McBrayer said. “I think that's what people are starting to get, wrong is wrong."

McBrayer said systemic change will come from George Floyd.  

"It's not going to happen overnight,” McBrayer said. “But it happens, you got to take step-by-step."