In This Place Speaker Series: Dangerous Women

Clayborn Temple hosted its third installment of the In This Place speaker series last Monday, March 18. The Memphis community gathered at the historic space to discuss the history and future of fierce, dangerous women in Memphis who seek to inspire positive change.

Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner, Director of External Affairs at Teach for America and Memphis mayoral candidate, once again facilitated the discussion as the In This Place speaker-in-residence. She was joined by a panel of strong women who have played a vital role in shaping the Memphis community, including: Anasa Troutman, Executive Director at Clayborn Temple; Jasmine Tasaki, Executive Director at WeCareTN; Terri Freeman, Executive Director at National Civil Rights Museum; Erica Perry, Partnership Director at Law For Black Lives; Aimee Lewis, Vice President of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi; Zoe Tripp, student at Middle College High School; Andrea Morales, photojournalist; and Lori Spicer-Robertson, Chief Communications and Engagement Officer at United Way of the Mid-South.

The guest speakers kicked off the conversation by describing what being a woman meant to each member of the panel. The sanctuary was packed with a diverse group of equally powerful women and men of all backgrounds in the Memphis, and table discussions were inspired by quotes from famous women in history. Topics ranged from admirable women, past and present, to how attendees would leave the event and make space for women to have the freedom to be outspoken, brave and builders of the tables at which they seek to sit.

Like all In This Place events at Clayborn Temple, the evening challenged those in attendance to do something, speak up and be the change in the community that we all wish to see. It is through honest, compassionate conversation that the City of Memphis will find its identity in the coming years, and Clayborn Temple is honored and glad to provide the space for such conversations to take place.

In This Place is a series of free events that are open to the public. The fourth and final installment will be led by Reverend Dr. James M. Lawson, Jr. and will take place Friday, April 5. RSVP today to reserve your slot.

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Beth Wilson