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In This Place speaker series: Unpacking Lessons from King for Memphis in 2019

  • Clayborn Temple 294 Hernando Street Memphis, TN 38126 (map)

Join us at Historic Clayborn Temple, January 21, as we launch our first In This Place speaker series as part of our effort to build authentic relationships across communities to address racial and economic injustice in Memphis. The events, designed around Clayborn’s core value of restoration, are the first offering in our year-long community engagement plan that will bring communities together for similar conversations. Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner and Managing Director, External Affairs at Teach for America, will be Clayborn Temple’s first In This Place Speaker in Residence and will curate and host events in partnership with Clayborn Temple in January, February and March of 2019.

Taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the first event of the series will carry the theme of MLK’s Birmingham Jail: Unpacking Lessons from King for Memphis in 2019. Clayborn Temple seeks to build relationships with the Memphis community and have authentic conversations around restoration within the building, the city and beyond.

Joining Sawyer in a conversation exploring the legacy of King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail and its applicability to the work toward racial and social justice in Memphis, panelists will include: Greg Thompson, Director of Research and Creative Strategy at Clayborn Temple; Charles McKinney, Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of history at Rhodes College; Natalya Roach, student at Memphis Business Academy High School; and Mollie Clark, educator at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School.

This event marks the launch of the In This Place series at Clayborn Temple. Upcoming talks will speak to themes such as the Memphis bicentennial and the empowerment of women, in honor of Women’s History Month. 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. Reserve your tickets today!

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