AMC Networks Going Dark in Tribute to George Floyd During Memorial Service
According to Deadline, five of AMC’s national networks plan on going dark in tribute during George Floyd’s memorial service. The networks include AMC, IFC We TV, BBC America, and SundanceTV.
Each network will go dark for 8 minutes and 46 seconds beginning at 3:45 PM ET/12:45 PM CT, who marks the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck resulting in Floyd’s death.
AMC made the announcement following the NAACP’s call to observe a moment of silence for Floyd. ViacomCBS’s entertainment brands and platforms went dark for the same amount of time earlier this week, as well as many broadcast networks the UK, in a tribute to Floyd as well as other victims of racism and police brutality including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
Floyd’s memorial service is currently taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota (you can watch below). Several memorial services are planned, the first taking place at North Central University’s Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary with a national eulogy delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton. The Floyd family attorney Ben Crump is also giving a national criminal justice address during the service.
Additional memorial services for Floyd will also be held at 3 PM ET Saturday at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters in Raeford, North Carolina at 2 PM ET, and at 1 PM ET Tuesday at Fountains of Praise in Houston. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in attendance.