Visiting Boston Students Weigh-In On Handcuffed Shooting
(Memphis) Joining the march today for Chavis Carter and attending a news conference with Rev. Jesse Jackson were about a dozen students from Boston.
They are visiting Memphis as part of a civil rights tour.
Today, they got a real life history lesson on this stop of the tour.
A flash mob skit was created weeks ago by a group of students from Boston. The group called Project Hip Hop heard about what happened to 21-year-old Chavis Carter just as they left Massachusetts.
However, they didn’t know until today, they’d perform for Carter’s mother and Rev. Jackson.
“We knew the piece that we performed was just infused with the energy that we`re still fighting. We`re still struggling. That it’s still happening and we need to be apart of it,” said Farai Williams, Project Hip Hop.
The students visited 13 states. Some of the most important sites in the fight for civil rights and social justice. The stop here in Memphis became a real life lesson, in what it’s like to make change yourself.
”Just based on the facts that we`re given it doesn’t make sense that he would shoot his own self, left-handed in the right temple. It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t add up,” said Jalen Williams, student.
Farai Williams added, “We`ve been invited to participate in this march and they`re feeling like they`re apart of something that’s happening right now. They feel like this is modern-day Emmett Till.”
Today’s event begins at the site in Jonesboro, AR where Chavis Carter was shot.
They will pray and then march to the Jonesboro police headquarters.
They want the justice department and FBI to take over the investigation into the death of Carter.