MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - It was an early start to the day for this group of over 100 Memphians.
They gathered at Overton Park to stand in solidarity against racism and to show their support for Black children.
“I am grateful that you are here with us today because you made the first step, the first commitment to igniting change,” said Lori Spicer Robertson, a mother and one of the organizers of the event.
Robertson says she was inspired to get more involved after coming across a viral quote that says “All mothers were summoned when George Floyd called out to his mother.”
“When my kids are hurting, I don’t send someone else,” said Robertson. “I don’t tell someone else that it’s your problem to solve. I don’t look for resolve and resolute in someone else. I fiercely act with passion.”
She says mothers and women must lead the way for systemic change and racial equality.
Shelby County School board members Michelle McKissack and Stephanie Love and State Representative London Lamar shared some of the ways they’ve been fighting for change at the local and state levels.
They say that fight will continue.
“No more black children having to call their mommas at the hands of police brutality,” said Lamar. “That stops today.”
Organizers of the march and rally for Black children say this is just the first step in their call to action.