Community leaders talk about social justice in Memphis

Group holds discussion about social justice

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Community leaders from across Memphis called a meeting to discuss social justice in the Bluff City.

The meeting comes one year after Darrius Stewart was shot and killed during scuffle with a Memphis police officer.

The social justice discussion brought people of difference races and ages together in one room. They talked about what each individual can do to help change a culture of violence they believe has gone on too long.

Panelists at the discussion said they support recent protests around Memphis, especially the one that shut down Interstate 40 for several hours. They said that protest was an example of a beautiful and peaceful protest.

They also said they were not happy with Interim Police Director Michael Rallings' call for 30 days without killing. They said they felt like the request was demeaning to the movement.

"Can we get 30 days without white supremacy? Can we get 30 days where they do something and fund education? Can we get 30 days where there's no poverty or a living wage? To me, it seemed like pacification of if you give me this I will give you that," one panelist said.

The panel wrapped up by urging everyone to stay informed and to vote. They said that's one of the best ways individuals can make the community better.

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