An “I Can’t Breathe” march took to the streets of St Augustine, FL, this Sunday, taking us back to 1960s marches for equal and civil rights related to a national incident that brings the nation to a wake up call of consciousness, asking for a direction as a society of free people. The march started in Lincolnville and headed to La Plaza de la Constitucion across the cathedral. People spoke and interacted with the crowd, it was peaceful and the crowds thanked the police for their support.
Pastor Ron Rawls and hundreds of people were there to rally against two Confederate statues, and the city of St Augustine’s decision to keep them. Groups from Jacksonville also joined the march, which began at St. Paul A.M.E. Church and ended at the city’s main plaza during the Nights of Lights celebration. The protesters’ main goal was to be heard and impact tourism at perhaps the city’s biggest event of the year.
The Sons of Allen is a ministry created for men, both clergy and lay, which will seek to address the needs for distinctive ministries to men, who are faced with spiritual, social, political, and psychological challenges, to equip men to follow the example of Andrew (John 1:41-42) who brought Peter to Jesus; to encourage men to emulate the resolute and redemptive spirit of Richard Allen, our revered, ancestral patriarch who in negotiating for his freedom with slave master Stokely Sturgis, negotiated freedom for his unnamed brother as well; to encourage men to implement ministries modeled by our founder, Richard Allen as he sought to meet needs in his community.
A “Man Up”march by the 11th Episcopal District was held in St Augustine on Saturday May 20th, the starting point for the march was at the St Paul AME Church, the goal of the march was to support peace and also male accountability in family, community, and health.