Next Saturday, May 16th, Memphis moms (and their allies) will host a solidarity march in conjunction with last weekend's planned Million Moms March in Washington, D.C.
The D.C. march was held on Mother's Day weekend to raise awareness of the issue of unarmed black men being killed at the hands of police. The Memphis march was supposed to be held on Mother's Day, but it was postponed due to weather.
The Memphis rally will take place at 10 a.m. at Main Street and A.W. Willis downtown. It's being hosted by Families for Justice. The national march in D.C. is hosted by Mothers for Justice United
. The marchers are asking the Department of Justice to demand accountability for deaths, such as the recent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year, at the hands of police officers.
Families for Justice, according to their press release about the march, "seeks to help dismantle institutional racism. Families for Justice is a diverse group; inclusive of mothers, fathers, children and concerned citizens of any ethnicity, culture, religious or political affiliation, united in understanding that this is an American human rights failure and that all people play an important role in confronting racial injustices."