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50 Years Later… No Justice No Peace

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Clara Ester’s eyes were fixed on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he stood on the concrete balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike, and Ester, a college student, had been marching alongside the strikers as they sought better pay and working conditions. […]

via ‘This was like a war’: Witnesses remember day MLK was shot — National Post

Women Will Rise “It’s Our Time”

On January 20, 2018, all over the country, people participated in Women’s marches.  Tennessee opted not only to hold a march but prior to the march organizers held a conference.  Participants attended educational and informative workshops.  Workshops included intersectionality, artivism, communication, building political power, criminal justice reform, planning and much more.  Below is a video of one of the Artivism workshops that BLM Memphis facilitated.

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Mama Peaches of BLM Memphis Butterfly Committee
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Artivism Workshop Women’s 2.0 Conference BLM Memphis © 2018

Women from different walks of life attended various marches to show the world we will rise.   In a climate where women are faced with misogyny, sexual assault, racism, disrespect, and uncertainty.  Each person gained a sense of purpose from the energy in the atmosphere. What is crystal clear, is it will take unity of women to heal this country from all of the hurt we have endured.

With our 45th president under fire and firing continual insensitive remarks/tweets towards women, minorities, and impoverished countries, a sense of pride could be felt at the Tennessee State’s Avon Williams campus. After the conference, the crowd moved to the public square for a rally to kick of the Nashville’s Women’s March.    A chant began “When I say Me, You Say Too, Too!” “This is what Democracy looks like!” The chants led by P. Moses BLM Tennesse founder could be heard by all of downtown Nashville; Arm-to-arm, man and woman, black and brown, red and yellow, Muslim and Christian, Straight and Gay, Sic and Trans, elected officials and activists marched to the hill of the Tennesse State Capitol.  Thousands of people behind a banner which read “Power Together Tennessee” as they unapologetically demanded that women rise this year and be respected in a country that has systematically oppressed us.

 

Children wearing their pink hats and carrying signs of expressions of why we march.  One signed read “Grab em in the midterm!” and another said RESPECT in pink letters behind a rainbow mural.

 

Megan Barry, Nashville Mayor, spoke at the beginning of the march.   Several women and other elected officers and those seeking office were in the crowds making rounds with all potenital voters.  The whirlwind of women in leadership gave everyone a sense of hope and purpose.  Multiracial organizers, played a key role in the logistics of the march.  Darlene Neal, and Francie Hunt along with several activists spent months and planning this event to make sure everything ran smoothly.   It is obvious the country  needs a womans touch to heal the wounds, organize and rebuild public trust.

 

This spiritual experience that all onlookers felt will be forever remembered. The event had a host of muscial guest from all genres and was closed by musical mayhem of Beyonce’s Bass Player Divinity Roxx. An intercultual interactive experience  illustrated that women do rock and any race, gender, age, can rock out together for a cause of change.

 

BLM Memphis affirms all black lives and is one step closer to bridging the gap in our state and helping others understand why we march and why black lives matter. The importance of unity and working collectively towards attaining political power for the entire state of Tennessee must include women. When women win this battle of inequity in the State House and all local governments we will be able to embrace our country and the chant of “This is what Democracy looks like,” will have a new profound meaning because women in power will have risen because Women Will Rise, It is our time! #powertogethertn #womensmarch #blacklivesmatter #blmmemphis.                       CLICK TO SEE OTHER LINKS OF MEDIA COVERAGE

 Click to Read Tennessean Articlewritten by Melanie Balakit

 

 

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Transgender Possibly Murdered in Mississippi​ Prison

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi inmate convicted in 2014 of the death of a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections has died. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that an autopsy will be conducted on the remains of Tracy Lynn Garner , who died Sunday. She was 58 and had served less…

We affirm all black lives including Transgenders

via Mississippi inmate convicted in buttocks injection case dies — WREG.com 

Activist Files Million Dollar Lawsuit Against County Commissioner Roland

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local activist is seeking $1 million over comments reportedly made by Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland. The lawsuit, which names both Roland and the Shelby County government, was filed on behalf of Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses just last week over comments reportedly made during a June 2017 commission meeting.…

via Activist files $1 million lawsuit against Shelby County commissioner — WREG.com 

 

Commissioner Terry Roland is a devout Trump supporter and running for Shelby County Mayor, we are asking all viewers to share the links and video below to inform the public of what candidates are seeking public office.

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P. Moses and Civil Rights Legend Angela Davis

 

Gone Too Soon..Who Will Carry the Torch?

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On October 27, 2017, Memphis said its final goodbyes to Bernal Smith the president and publisher of the New Tri-State Defender.  Smith was a rare jewel to Memphis who brought black elegance and poise to media.  Gone too soon, he will be missed dearly.  It is crucial that our city understand the importance of Black Media outlets and strive to support them at all costs, including not supporting traditional media.  Controlling the narrative allows us to control how we are depicted, as well as our overall culture and humanity.  We must stay informed with the issues, stay continuously aware of what steps are needed to solve problems, as well as protect ourselves and our community.

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It is our hope that his successor will have no less enthusiasm, will continue to take risks by telling our stories honestly, and possess a desire to preserve and maintain the black culture in the manner that Smith did.

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Our strength in our cultural revolution and our vision lies in our stories. It is essential that we maintain the proper platform to transform the way our stories are told.  In order to ensure the evolution, we must look at our progress.  It can be measured by the print in old newspapers prior to the internet.  We all will be remembered by the legacies we leave and our messages must be delivered.  Who better to tell our stories than us.  Bernal Smith will be missed, but the body of work he gave the Tri-State audiences will always be with us.  He is a shining example of how we can use our voices to be heard and to disturb the consciences of those who do not tell our stories correctly or at all.

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The torch is lit and we can not afford to let the flame die out.  We are at a pivotal point in our country.  Our social justice movement must move beyond the Memphis and the Tri-State area.  We must carry the torch proudly and unapologetically. So, who will carry the torch?  The New South will!  BLM Memphis challenges all persons of color who are in any media outlets to carry the torch.  Tell your stories, Tell our stories, not only to remember our history but to continue to break-down-barriers as journalists who accurately define the narrative, push envelopes, dismantle white supremacy and create our own media platforms.  In this way, our stories will not be manipulated or ignored but magnified and heard by the world.  Let us all carry the torch, and keep the Smith family in our hearts and prayers. We are Black Lives Matter Memphis.

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