Depending on who was asked, the crowd estimates for the “Call To Oneness” march yesterday afternoon along the old Annie Malone May Day Parade route in North City ranged from 20,000-50,000. Regardless of the final count, the message was clear that African American men are ready to move forward to make a better St. Louis.
Marchers gathered at Kingshighway and Dr. Martin Luther King, and then proceeded down Page, Newstead, and Kennerly.
The march ended at Tandy Park, near Sumner High School. But a Oneness rally picked up where the march left off. Speakers addressed the crowd from the Sumner High School athletic field as thousands held up their index fingers in a show of solidarity that was reminiscent of the Civil Rights movement era.
The march was the final activity in a weekend-long initiative spearheaded by Rev. Dr. F. James Clark of Shalom Church (City of Peace) to end violence and create opportunities for black men in the city. Along with the Sunday's Call to Oneness March in St. Louis was the culmination of a weekend of workshops, panel discussions and informational forums.