Stacey Abrams, Tina Knowles to Appear at George Floyd Memorial Concert Sunday

Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams and Tina Knowles-Lawson, mother of singer Beyoncé Knowles, ​are expected to appear at a George Floyd Memorial Concert in Houston, Texas this Sunday evening.

The concert seeks to commemorate Floyd, a Black man murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer, one year after his May 25 death. The concert will occur from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time at The Fountain of Praise, a city church that reports a congregation of 21,000.

In addition to Abrams and Knowles-Lawson, Floyd's family members will attend, as will Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Among the other entertainers and special guests are Rhonda Ross, daughter of singer Diana Ross; racial justice activist Tamika Mallory; actresses and gospel singers Tamela Mann and Kierra Sheard as well as southern hip-hop performer Trae Tha Truth.

The event is happening in cooperation with The George Floyd Memorial Foundation. The Foundation is a racial justice non-profit organization established by Floyd's family members following his death.

The event is free to the public, but also requires online registration. Attendees are asked to wear all-white. Attendance will also be limited to accommodate ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings. However, for those who cannot make it in person, the event will be live-streamed at The Fountain of Praise's website.

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Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams and Tina Knowles, mother of singer Beyoncé Knowles, are expected to appear at a George Floyd Memorial Concert this Sunday. In this photo, Abrams speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally with former US President Barack Obama as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on November 2, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Nouvelage / AFP/Getty

The concert will include pastors and gospel singers such as Isaac Carree, Nakitta Clegg-Foxx, John P. Kee, Joshua Rodgers and The Phillip Hall Singers. It will also feature other musical guests like Stokley Williams, Se7en, JaiCei, Gene Moore, Kyle Turner as well as The George Floyd Ensemble.

Floyd's murder re-ignited global protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Activists have commemorated its one-year anniversary with protests and memorial vigils as well as calls for nationwide police reform.

"Stay woke. Don't just open your eyes, stretch, yawn and think that it's over," Floyd's brother Terrence Floyd, said at a racial justice rally in Brooklyn, New York last Sunday.

Last Tuesday, Terrence Floyd urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The act would ban chokeholds—similar to the one that killed Floyd—as well as no-knock warrants in certain cases. It would also curb qualified immunity for law enforcement personnel and create a national police misconduct registry among other measures.

The House of Representatives passed the act last June. Democratic President Joe Biden told Congress last month that he hoped to pass the bill by the anniversary of Floyd's death. But the bill remains stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition over the ending of qualified immunity.

This week, Republican Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina both told the Associated Press that the bill will likely die unless a bipartisan proposal arises before the July recess.

Approximately 229 Black people have been killed by police since Floyd's death.

Newsweek contacted the George Floyd Foundation for comment.