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Sunday, August 30, 2015
The healing moment St. Augustine never had in 2014, on 50th anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act and civil rights demonstrations here: Wonder why?
On the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, veterans of the Union and Confederacy reunite civilly, and shake hands. 
Here's what should have happened here in St. Augustine last year, on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Then-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. put the kibosh on my idea of a healing moment, a Civil Rights reunion, encouraging healing among our African-American, Minorcan and other local residents. Wonder why?
Perhaps JOE BOLES did not wish to offend his rich white supporters, including sons of segregationists and actual segregationists.
You tell me.
I spoke to 450th Director DANA STE. CLAIRE about such a Civil Rights Reunion, and he was going to ask Mayor BOLES about taking it to our Journey exhibit advisory committee.
It never happened.
Yet another broken promise of our all-white City management.
Was City Hall too busy handing out no-bid leases and no bid contracts and zoning favors?
You tell me.
Healing matters, but evidently not to the maladroit BUBBA BOLES bunch.
So much for a more "Compassionate St. Augustine."