Kerry Washington honors George Floyd with a nine-minute-29-second meditation video

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Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death, with a number of celebs paying tribute on social media.

Kerry Washington posted two touching tributes, one showing how fans can continue to learn and support the Black community one year after Floyd’s death.

She also shared a heartfelt video spanning nine minutes and 29-seconds – the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for –  to honor Floyd and Black people everywhere.

Tribute: Kerry Washington posted two touching tributes, one showing how fans can continue to learn and support the Black community one year after Floyd's death

Tribute: Kerry Washington posted two touching tributes, one showing how fans can continue to learn and support the Black community one year after Floyd’s death

The first image she shared was titled ‘How We Honor George Floyd,’ which starts with ‘Heal,’ which encompasses asking for help from family or friends or finding a therapist.

The second part is ‘Act,’ asking fans to register to vote and take part in Color of Change’s week of action and signing petition supporting police reform.

The ‘Support’ portion asks fans to donate to Yes 4 Minneapolis, ‘and help in their fight for justice and change in George Floyd’s city.’

Honor: The first image she shared was titled 'How We Honor George Floyd,' which starts with 'Heal,' which encompasses asking for help from family or friends or finding a therapist

Honor: The first image she shared was titled ‘How We Honor George Floyd,’ which starts with ‘Heal,’ which encompasses asking for help from family or friends or finding a therapist

The final part is ‘Learn,’ encouraging fans to read books from Black author, consume art from Black creators and follow Black artists and change makers.

‘Seeing all the attention around the one year anniversary of #GeorgeFloyd’s murder is so emotional. Yes, because of the loss of George Floyd. But also because it is a painful reminder that for many of you, this issue has mattered for one year,’ Washington said in the caption. 

‘For others of us, Black Lives have never NOT mattered. I pray for a world where we all matter to each other all the time and forever more. Can’t stop, wont stop. Justice is not a fad. If you are new to this, happy one year awakening. Stay in the fight. If you are not new to this, sending love. Today and always,’ she concluded.

Learn: The final part is 'Learn,' encouraging fans to read books from Black author, consume art from Black creators and follow Black artists and change makers

Learn: The final part is ‘Learn,’ encouraging fans to read books from Black author, consume art from Black creators and follow Black artists and change makers

Washington’s video showed the actress wearing a black t-shirt that read ‘Phenomenally Black with hot pink yoga pants.

She said in the caption this was, ‘a mediation honoring #GeorgeFloyd and his family. Acknowledge the trauma that Black people have been through. And please take time for a moment of self care, and appreciate and be grateful for our breath. Sending you love today & always.’

‘So today is the anniversary of George Floyd’s passing, and I am gonna walk through a meditation and breathing exercise,’ she said in the video.

She wanted fans to remember George Floyd and his legacy, along with ‘the legacy of trauma in our communities right now.’ 

Tracee's tribute: Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross also shared a heartfelt statement about the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death

Tracee’s tribute: Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross also shared a heartfelt statement about the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross also shared a heartfelt statement about the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.

‘1 year ago George Perry Floyd Jr. was taken from his daughter, his family, loved ones & community. His death became a clarion call for justice that rang throughout the world. His family did not receive justice—Justice would mean that George Floyd and so many others would still be with us,’ she began. 

‘While his family has received some peace by way of a guilty verdict, there are many others still waiting for the accountability & fairness that millions of people all over the world marched for. There is more work to be done to get liberty & justice for all,’ she concluded.

Message: Actress Sarah Paulson shared a tweet from Sherrilyn Iffil, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President, on her Instagram, which read, 'He was not just a victim. His death was not just a catalyst for activism and protests. #GeorgeFloyd was a man. A father. A brother. A friend. His life mattered. Sending love & light to his family and loved ones today'

Message: Actress Sarah Paulson shared a tweet from Sherrilyn Iffil, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President, on her Instagram, which read, ‘He was not just a victim. His death was not just a catalyst for activism and protests. #GeorgeFloyd was a man. A father. A brother. A friend. His life mattered. Sending love & light to his family and loved ones today’

Actress Sarah Paulson shared a tweet from Sherrilyn Iffil, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President, on her Instagram, which read, ‘He was not just a victim. His death was not just a catalyst for activism and protests. #GeorgeFloyd was a man. A father. A brother. A friend. His life mattered. Sending love & light to his family and loved ones today.’

Pose star Billy Porter shared an image that read ‘9 minutes 29 seconds,’ with the caption that read, ‘Say his name #GeorgeFloyd.’

Lori Harvey shared a tweet from Derecka Purnell which read, ‘Many people will turn George Floyd into a martyr today. We must fight to remember that he did not *give* his life for justice, for our movement, for an uprising. He wanted to live. He fought to live.’

Billy speaks: Pose star Billy Porter shared an image that read '9 minutes 29 seconds,' with the caption that read, 'Say his name #GeorgeFloyd'

Billy speaks: Pose star Billy Porter shared an image that read ‘9 minutes 29 seconds,’ with the caption that read, ‘Say his name #GeorgeFloyd’

Lori shares: Lori Harvey shared a tweet from Derecka Purnell which read, 'Many people will turn George Floyd into a martyr today. We must fight to remember that he did not *give* his life for justice, for our movement, for an uprising. He wanted to live. He fought to live'

Lori shares: Lori Harvey shared a tweet from Derecka Purnell which read, ‘Many people will turn George Floyd into a martyr today. We must fight to remember that he did not *give* his life for justice, for our movement, for an uprising. He wanted to live. He fought to live’

Lupita's tribute: Lupita Nyong'o shares a tribute to George Floyd

Lupita’s tribute: Lupita Nyong’o shares a tribute to George Floyd

LeBron: LeBron James asks fans to join The NBA Players Association to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

LeBron: LeBron James asks fans to join The NBA Players Association to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

XTina: Christina Aguilera speaks up about George Floyd and his family, urging fans to take action

XTina: Christina Aguilera speaks up about George Floyd and his family, urging fans to take action

Justin speaks: Justin Timberlake offers fans resources to help

Justin speaks: Justin Timberlake offers fans resources to help 

One year: Sophie Turner shares a message from Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old who filmed George Floyd's death

One year: Sophie Turner shares a message from Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old who filmed George Floyd’s death

Jen's tribute: Jennifer Garner shares a touching tribute to George Floyd

Jen’s tribute: Jennifer Garner shares a touching tribute to George Floyd

Camila shares: Camila Cabello shares Kerry Washington's powerful message

Camila shares: Camila Cabello shares Kerry Washington’s powerful message

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