Shiloh A.M.E. Church in Florida Promotes ‘Black Lives Matter’

Lay minister Fred McKenzie addresses the audience during Saturday's rally at the Moore Cultural Center in Mims. (Photo: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY)
Lay minister Fred McKenzie addresses the audience during Saturday’s rally at the Moore Cultural Center in Mims.
(Photo: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY)

The Shiloh A.M.E. Church seminar Saturday at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center in Mims intended to help to improve police-community relations.

“With everything that is going on in the nation, we feel it is time that we bring the nation together. It’s important that we understand that all lives matter, not just black, not just white, but all lives because this is our country,” said the Rev. Joyce Brown Harvey from Shiloh.

“Black Lives Matter” attracted more than 50 people, including several members of the Titusville Police Department, including Police Chief John Lau.

“Any event that brings the community closer to the police department and the police department closer to the community is a good event, and especially in light of what is going on nationally with the law enforcement profession,” said Lau.

Demonstrations showed the right and wrong ways to approach police officers. A speech from Michael A. Cadore Sr. of the Rockledge Police Department punctuated the first portion of the event.

“One of the main things that I would like for the individuals to take away from this today is the importance of building stronger positive relationships,” Cadore said. “(With) the tragic things that are happening every day throughout our community, I think it’s always important that we continue to build partnerships positively.”

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Source: Florida Today | Chris Bonanno

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