HOUSTON—Red and gold spanned the Jack Yates High School football field Monday, where hundreds of alumni wore T-shirts bearing the face of their lion mascot and the name of the alumnus whose dying breaths made him famous.

Here in Houston’s Third Ward, a low-income, predominantly black area south of downtown, George Floyd, the man killed in Minneapolis after being pinned under a policeman’s knee May 25, wasn’t just a name shouted at a protest. He was a class of ‘93 classmate, a neighbor, the football and basketball player they…

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