The 1000 Men Rally is one of Northwest Florida's largest events, addressing the need to mobilize men to become more visible, more vocal and ultimately recognize their vitality to our families, our schools and our communities. The Rally's visionary Gregory L. James , Senior Minister of Reclaiming the Land Ministries, Inc., upon re-entry after 13.5 years of incarceration, recognized that men were absent and though there had been some improvement‚ the masses of the people had not yet been empowered. There remained much division and the men were recessed while our homes, schools ,communities and our cities suffered, the hard blow of their absence, thus the vision of the 1000 Men Rally. In cooperation with City/County Officials, local churches and pastors the 1000 Men Rally became a reality.
Since the Inaugural Rally in 2008 in State Capitol of Tallahassee, Florida many of the men who accepted the challenge to reposition have continued to be active in their communities. They have become new “watchmen on the wall” through our Men On Patrol Program (MOP), which promotes men volunteering in their communities in effort to fill the gap in our school, service organizations and communities.