To know me is to know my blind passion. That passion lead me say things at a time I most likely should not have. Images of dead citizens at the hands of a government meant to save them kept breaching my psyche, so unwelcomed but forcefully unrelenting. As these bloody scenes tormented my soul, I jolted back to the reality of screams in a church full of people who the day before, shut down a bridge for nearly a work shift, determined to be heard. And they were being heard, as the Mayor joined the interim police director and multiple public officials to hear citizen concerns at a church called Greater Imani. Imani is a Swahili word, one of the seven pillars of Kwanzaa, celebrated the last weeks of the year traditionally by Africans living in America.
July 11, 2016
The Memphis BLM Matter resulted in scheduled talks to happen on July 11, Monday, 4 pm, at the Greater Imani Temple of Faith. Interim Police Director tells crowd, "I love you, I care about you...we need peace right now." The protest went on with no arrests and no violence. Here is the moment Rallings met the crowd at the beginning of the event. You can be a part of the discussion by going to Greater Imani Temple of Faith Monday at 4:00 PM.