TBR — Henrico, VA – June 7, 2020 — Thousands of residents, church goers, Pastors, Ministers and millennials, turned out for the Call to Action March and Rally that took place in Eastern Henrico on Sunday, June 7th in the early afternoon. The gathering point was Saint Paul’s Baptist Church on Creighton Road, where church members who were also in attendance got a chance to see a few familiar faces since the Stay At Home order went into affect back in March.
The gathering was a show of solidarity in the wake of protests across the country following the torturous death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis white police officers who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes on Memorial Day.
The visionaries behind the Sunday evening march included Pastor Lance D. Watson, Senior pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson and Henrico School Board Chairman and Fairfield District representative Roscoe Cooper.
The crowd stepped off from the front doors of St Paul’s Baptist Church, and continued down Creighton Road, all the way to Laburnum Avenue and wrapping up at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.
Along their route, they chanted, “No Justice, No Peace,” “What Do We Want, Justice! When do we want it, Now” “Say His Name, George Floyd” among other powerful chants said in unity. Along their way, several neighbors stood along the side of the road, holding up signs of support while chanting along with them as they marched by.
After walking about thirty to forty minutes the crowd reached their destination and heard from speakers offering words of encouragement and reminded the crowd about the importance of voting.
Some of the guest speakers included Amanda Shelton, the director of Black Wealth Matters, Henrico Police Athletic League Executive Director Kenny Ragland, Radio One Community Affairs Director Clovia Lawrence, Rev. Ayo Morton, Monica Hutchinson, a community activist and several others.
Also in attendance were U.S. Congressman Donald McEachin, U.S. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, Richmond Commonwealth Attorney Colette McEachin, Henrico Sheriff Alisa Gregory, Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor, Richmond Sheriff Antionette Irvin and Henrico Schools Superintendent Amy Cashwell.
The march was truly a success and those in attendance said, “It was awesome to be apart of history.”
(Photos by The Belle Report)