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Leon County Kingsman Club to host call to action event at state capitol

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 11:39:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A local mentoring group known for helping young men mature into manhood is working to create a new image against racial injustice.

The leaders of Leon County's Kingsman Club are hosting a call to action day Thursday at steps of Capitol building .

They say, this is not a protest in fact, instead of sign and banners they want men, both old and young - to show up in suits and ties as a show of peace and unity.

Kingsman Club founder Marvin Boatman tells ABC27, after weeks of seeing news reports of black men - dying at the hands of police and the violent protests in response it's time to change the narrative.

“Why not start with the Capital City, said Boatman. “So definitely what I want when they turn on the news Thursday that they see positivity. That they see unity. They see love. They see peace. Everything that we are supposed to be upholding that they see it on Thursday."

Boatman also explains how dressing up helps change negative stereotypes.

“I go in store one day in my jeans and t-shirt and I see how they respond to me,” said Boatman. “Then I'll go that same day or maybe that next day in a suit and see a total different reaction from the employees at different stores. So just getting people to see that we're more than what people portray us to be.”

Even if you don't have suit and tie Boatman says to come as you are.

The Kingsman Club is also partnering with The Men's Wearhouse to provide discounted suits for kids.

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