Memphis Residents Rally for Charlottesville Victims at KKK Leader's Statue

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 15, 2017

Next April will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Doctor Martin Luther King.

In July 2015, City Council unanimously voted to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as Forrest's remains, from Health Sciences Park.

Organizers with the group MLK 50 say it would be a scar on the city to honor the life of Doctor King in a city that can't or won't remove statues of two people who favored keeping African Americans as slaves.

The City of Memphis is going to sue the state of Tennessee to try to get Confederate statues removed. Any removal efforts would have to go through the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) for approval.

City Attorney Bruce McMullen told FOX13 he plans to file the waiver in the next 30 days.

The Memphis Grassroots Organizations Coalition called on community members to spread the #hatecantstand message.

Sawyer said Confederate statues give power to the white supremacist movement, which speaks to why they should come down.

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