Clayborn Temple will continue its In This Place speaker series Monday, February 18, as a way to build relationships and have authentic conversations around restoration – as well as the social, racial and economic injustice that has plagued the city of Memphis. Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner and Managing Director of External Affairs at Teach for America, will be facilitating the event as its In This Place Speaker-in-Residence.
Joining Sawyer in a conversation and reflection on the role of race and class throughout history in Memphis, in honor of the city's bicentennial, will be a panel of community leaders and social justice advocates. Panelists will include: Dr. Roz Nichols, Pastor at Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church, Executive Director at AWay, Inc. and Consultant for Operations at Clayborn Temple; Elaine Lee Turner, Civil Rights Activist and President of Heritage Tours; Allyson Smith, student at White Station High School; Frank Johnson, Community Organizer; and Iris Mercado, Program Coordinator for Urban Studies at the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College.
Clayborn Temple seeks to build relationships with the Memphis community and have authentic conversations around restoration within the building, the city and beyond. This event marks the second installment of the In This Place speaker series at Clayborn Temple, and upcoming themes will include the empowerment of women, in honor of Women’s History Month, and other issues of public interest. Each event will be designed in collaboration by Clayborn Temple and the Speaker in Residency to provoke conversation and community building.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register, via Eventbrite.