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.
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