Franks Raises Black Power Fist During Pledge of Allegiance

By MCNS Staff

A Black Missouri House member from St. Louis made a symbolic gesture during the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to local reports, on Wednesday, Bruce Franks Jr. (D-with) stood with his right fist raised during the recitation on the opening day of the legislative session. Most of his colleagues and others in attendance held their hands over their hearts.

Franks told The Associated Press that he prefers “to pledge allegiance to the people.”

The lawmaker won his election in 2016 after gaining notoriety as a social justice demonstrator following the police killing of Black teenager Michael Brown.

Franks says he often leaves during the pledge to avoid controversy but stayed Wednesday because he had guests to introduce afterward.

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