by Richard Taylor
On the national day of Protest, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., assisted by Kappa Sigma Chapter of St. Louis, MO, staged a Prayer Vigil at the historic Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
"We didn't want to just protest. We didn't want to just lie down on the streets. We wanted to get up and take actions," said Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President. He enthusiastically added, "This is not about having a fit, it's about starting a movement. This is a movement Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is proud to be involved in at this time in our history."
Residents packed the church, under the leadership of Sigma Brother Bishop Courtney Allan Jones, and engaged in prayer, read scriptures, and heard inspiring Gospel music by an outstanding Praise Team. Speakers included Bishop Jones, Mary Breaux Wright, International President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Bro. Jerryl T. Christmas, attorney for Vonderrit Myers, a young man recently killed by a St. Louis police officer, and President Mason.
"As this community heals, it is going to take all of its citizens' commitment and support in the rebuilding efforts," shared President Mason. "We are committed to be proactive partners for action in this community."
Carter D. Womack, current BOS member and Past International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. issued the "Call to Action" and "What's The Bottom Line" charges during a community conversation He persuaded the audience from being attentive listeners to active participants in a role playing exercise where each adult present was asked to stand behind the youth, who had gathered in a large circle holding hands.