Ferguson protests spark march in Downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The deadly shooting of Mike Brown has people speaking out across the country, including in the Mid-South.

Several people got together at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday to take a stand against police violence

The group chanted for change and marched down Main Street with a casket above their heads.

Some also held signs pleading justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I have a son.  I have a 19-year-old son,” Aisha Raison said.  “That could have been my son.”

For people., like Raison, the deadly shooting hits close to home.

Though the teenager was killed nearly 300 miles away, Raison said this shooting is the reality of how law enforcement views the black community across the country.

“Its not just black people that are upset. There are white people, there are Hispanics, there are many that are upset,” Raison said.

On Saturday, the group showed their frustrations with words and their hands in the air.

The peaceful protest caught attention from nearly everyone they passed in Downtown Memphis.

“The world is watching,” Raison said.

As protests calling for answers and change continue across the country, people in Memphis are making sure their voices add to the noise.

“People feel dis-empowered, people feel disenfranchised, people feel voiceless,” Paul Garner, with Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, explained.  “Our voices need to be heard and we also have to take that energy and put it into action and we need to organize, organize, organize…that’s the only way we’re going to get the changes we need to see here in Memphis, in Ferguson, and in the United States,” he said.

The group has no plans on stopping the movement.

Another “Enough Is Enough” or “Hands Up” protest is planned for Monday, August 18.

Demonstrations are planned at the following locations along Poplar Avenue between 5:00 – 7:30 p.m:

Poplar & Third

Poplar & Danny Thomas

Poplar & Dunlap

Poplar & Cleveland

Poplar & Belvedere

Poplar & McLean

Poplar & Tucker

Poplar & Cooper

Poplar & E. Parkway

Poplar & Hollywood

Poplar & Tillman

Poplar & Holmes

Poplar & Highland

 

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