Former Patriot Benjamin Watson Organizes “Boston Pray” For Positive Change

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A former New England Patriots player organized a prayer vigil on Boston Common amid a nationwide movement for racial equality.

Benjamin Watson, who played tight end for the Patriots for seven seasons, said he wanted to give people an opportunity to pray for the wisdom needed to seek ways to make positive change in America.

With the help of local organizations and churches, Watson organized “Boston Pray,” which drew hundreds of people to the Common Sunday afternoon for prayer, worship and song.

“Everybody wants to do something, but it’s always important to understand that our wisdom is nothing compared to God’s,” Watson said. “But also (it was an opportunity to) humbly come together to show some unity, even though we have to address some real issues in this city and this nation.”

The vigil promoted peace in the wake of the death of George Floyd and other victims of racial injustice and brutality across the country.

Meanwhile, in Quincy, dozens attended a prayer vigil and rally at Wollaston Beach. That vigil was hosted by the Black Student Union of Eastern Nazarene College, Bethel Church of the Nazarene and Unified Gospel Ministries. Organizers educated those in attendance about how they can get involved in helping local black and brown communities.

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