Memphis holds one of many Women’s Marches across the country

Memphis holds one of many women's marches

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Women’s March is a part of a nation-wide effort to shed lights on women’s rights.

The Memphis march was held downtown Saturday morning.

Supporters of the third annual Women’s March in Memphis lent their voice, addressing issues like immigrant rights, violence against women, civil rights and liberties, and climate justice, among others.

“We need a change in health care, we need a change in our government all together and make sure our government is now for the people and not for the rich,” said supporter Katina Rounds.

The march brought women from as far as Jackson, Tennessee and also men, including U.S. Congressmen Steve Cohen and several students.

“I think we just need more representative of women in government and like making decisions,” said supporter Blaise Burbank

The local march at city hall echoed a movement that is happening across the nation.

As thousands gathered in cities across America, this year's march happened amid controversy and anti-Semitism claims.

Those claims stemmed from a November 2016 meeting, at which Women's March leaders allegedly said that Jews needed to confront their own role in racism.

These allegations came to light after co-president Tamika Mallory was criticized for attending an event last year hosted by Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader.

Farrakhan has been denounced for making anti-Semitic and homophobic comments.

Leaders denied the claims in recent televised interviews.

Amid the division, supporters in Memphis said they will continue to play their part in unification and empowerment.

“Because I’ve been fighting for women’s rights and for people’s right’s all my life,” said supporter Laura Coleman.

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