Corey Paul Davis, a Christian rap artist, has described learning about the death of George Floyd like being hit with a ton of bricks.
Davis told CBN News how he felt the weight of his death when he saw the video that revealed how Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer. The video was taken by a bystander ouside a local grocery store.
In a video posted by Davis on social media, he described how much he knew Floyd as a man of peace.
“Knowing him as a person and then seeing the humiliation and ultimately the murder of him, it was enraging, that’s why I had to speak,” Davis said.
“Big Floyd,”as Floyd, is popularly called, while living in Houston was said to have worked alongside Davis and other partners who held a Christian outreach called “Church in The Bricks.”
“Church in the Bricks was essentially we bringing a church service to the projects,” Reconcile, a Christian Rapper said.
“I think Floyd loved that idea. I remember being out there one day and I was moving the baptism pool to the court to baptize some young men that had got saved and he helped pull the pool out.
He was just so ecstatic, just the fact that young men were making decisions and choices for Christ and that it was happening right in the middle of the mud of the community.”
According to the CBN News report, Floyd who had once spent time in prison for a 2007 robbery, had put his past behind him.
Pastor PT Ngwolo who reportedly started the Resurrection Houston in 2012 also said of how much profound impact Floyd made in his community.
He said Floyd had left Houston for Minnesota on a mission. “When he went to Minnesota, he was there as part of a discipleship process,: Ngwolo said. “It was a church work program that was going to help him get his licensing and certification so that he could drive 18 wheelers.
We just want to make sure that people understand that this man had a profound impact in his community and that Jesus had a profound impact on his life.”
As an explanation of how that impact played out in Floyd’s life, Ngwolo added;
“There was a murder in the neighborhood and George was making a post, ‘Hey look I’m a tell all of you young guys in the neighborhood you don’t want to live this life, this is a dead-end type of life, and there’s only one way you can go,” Ngwolo explained.
“You either gonna go hell or you’re going to go to heaven. You need to make a choice on the type of life that you want to live.’ And I think that George had kind of made that decision for himself years before. He wasn’t the same man that he was in his 20’s.”