On the morning of April 16th, Saturday at 11:00 AM, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement is organizing a rally on the corner of Ninth Street and Second Avenue South in commemoration of the 1914 lynching of John Evans, an African resident of St Pete who was publicly murdered by a mob of 1500 white men, women and children, including members of the highest echelons of the St. Pete City establishment.
The City of St Pete has never recognized this murder that was similar to the white terror and lynchings commonplace in the U.S. at the turn of the century.
John Evans had been falsely accused of killing a white real estate developer. Two days later, a white mob comprised of some of the city’s most prominent and well-respected officials stormed the jail where he was being held, tied a noose around his neck and marched him to 9th and 2nd, where he was hung from a light post. As he struggled in his last moments, a white woman drove by and shot him dead. The rest of the crowd opened fire at his body until their ammunition was spent.
USM believes that the white community of St Pete has a responsibility to expose his murder and to call upon the City to pay reparations to the black community for the history of white terror and the ongoing terror waged by police and the city establishment against the African community.
The rally will also give support to the struggle by the Uhuru Movement to block the city’s efforts to replace the racist mural that once hung in the stairway of City Hall before Chairman Omali Yeshitela courageously tore it down in 1966, an act of political civil disobedience for which he was arrested and jailed for two and a half years.
If you plan to attend, you can meet us on the corner of Ninth Street North and Second Avenue at 11:00 AM, or join us before hand at 10:00 AM @ Akwaaba Hall for a 30-minute overview of the political action. At 10:30 we will depart to drive to the rally location.
This event will kick-off the 2016 National Convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which works directly under the Black/African leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party to go into the white community and raise reparations for African liberation and self-determination.
The Convention will be held at Akwaaba Hall in St. Pete, Florida, April 16-17. See our home page under “Convention 2016” for more info. Register to attend the Convention @ usmconvention.eventbrite.com. Local to St. Pete? BE THERE!