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Life While Black, as Told by One St. Petersburg Couple

For all of St. Petersburg’s progressive bona fides, Tori and Khyre Edwards come home at least once a week with stories to unload, experiences of being profiled, pulled over, discounted, dismissed. In their liberal-leaning circles of advocacy and faith, they find solace and momentum, but also exhaustion.

Now, as protesters march again for Black lives, the days feel heavy, hopeful and too familiar.

Both are 28. Tori is director of engagement and children at Allendale United Methodist Church, and Khyre is a case manager for Pinellas County Human Services. They have three daughters: Makena, 5, Naomi, 2, and Emelia, 19, whom they adopted in 2019.

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