4/12/21 Canyon
4/12/21 Canyon

Pandemic Journals - Chasing History Episode 3

With St. Augustine’s University (SAU) pretty much off-limits due to COVID-19 restrictions, we asked five members of the Falcon cycling team to give us a glimpse into their daily lives on campus.

Pandemic Journals - Chasing History Episode 3 Canyon Bikes // St. Augustine's Cycling Team

Since last year, we’ve been following SAU’s inspiring story , the first historically black college or university to create an official cycling team.

In these intimate vlogs submitted by the student riders, we see how they are juggling the demands of school work, athletic training and the tribulations of coming into your own as a young adult.

For Brandon Valentine-Parris, it’s been an eventful few months with the death of his beloved grandfather in December.

“Cycling has been a place of comfort and a support system for me,” said Valentine-Parris, who is hoping to become a professional cyclist. “It’s kept me from breaking down. Whenever I thought about my grandfather passing away, I just went for a ride.”

Aaliyah Williams, a Florida native, recalled in her vlog an encounter with a young boy who told her that he “touched mud people” — meaning Black people.

“Racism is still being taught today,” she said. “Just as there’s generational wealth and generational success, we have to live with the fact that there’s generational racism.”

She also takes us into her dorm room filled with her cap and Spider-Man collection. Light and darkness. Her story echoes the daily reality of young Black men and women everywhere — you keep pushing ahead despite the persistent drag of centuries-old prejudices.

St. Augustine University Cycling Team

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