It was a hot August Saturday when a group of Black men appeared in bright yellow shirts, carrying signs and marching through south St. Pete.
However, they weren’t marching in protest of police brutality, gun violence, or any of the many other negative issues that plague the community and nation as a whole – they were marching to promote the progress of self-love and unity.
The St. Petersburg chapter of 100+ Black Men held their third annual victory march Saturday, Aug. 7 to promote unity and strength amongst the city’s Black community. Starting at 34th Street South and ending at Bartlett Park, a group of around 15 Black men, women, and children made the two-and-a-half-mile trek down 18th Avenue South.
“We don’t want to have a walk or a march just because something bad happened,” said Jason Bryant, who co-founded the event. “We’re just trying to highlight the positive things that are going on. No matter what your religion is or whatever it is, if you care about our community, this is why you should show up.”