The Daily Mississippian People fill streets in near the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for the women’s march Saturday. (Photo by Zoe McDonald)
People filled downtown streets Saturday for the Memphis Women’s March, one of the many sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington D.C.
More than 9,000 people filled streets once occupied by civil rights workers, civil disobedience protestors and Martin Luther King Jr. himself. They bore an array of signs – some bright pink, tongue-in-cheek, feminist messages to the newly elected president, and some with simple slogans, like “rise up,” “respect,” or “equality.”
Organizers worked to keep the Women’s March intersectional, nonpartisan, and, in a key word, united.
At 10 a.m., the sun beamed down on the steps of the Judge D’army Bailey Courthouse, where speakers Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, and Adrienne Leslie Bailey inspired the crowd to begin their march. The museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel, was the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot.
Phoebe Driscoll, Ginger Woods and Amanda Crist (left to right) show off their signs at the Memphis Women’s March. “Sixty-six percent of white people voted for trump, and I find that absolutely abhorrent,” Crist said. “I was born in the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed for protesting and now I am standing on the lawn of the place where he was killed. And I know that “the time is always now” as James Baldwin wrote, and I have to use everything in my power from my privileged position… I have to be able to do anything that I can do even if that means holding up a sign and shouting. Being there is half the battle.”
As women in Memphis began the trek down 2nd Street, women across the nation also walked, bearing similar …