Memphis Takes a Stand! Marking the first day of Black History Month 2014, Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives organized a Peace and Prayer Gathering surrounding Shelby Co. Justice Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
The group joined hands and encircled the block around the Justice Center sending up songs of justice, mixed in with prayers for peace and freedom for their loved ones behind bars.
We spoke with Pastor Ralph White from Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He shared that this event is about surrounding our youth with prayer and support and to encourage the city’s leadership to join in the movement for “education, not incarceration.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi happened across the gathering while visiting Memphis, Tennessee where he started the M.K. Gandhi Institute when he first moved to the United States. He said, “Locking up people in prison is not the solution. We have to start focusing on the problems that make people do wrong things.”
Arun Gandhi shared that the timing of the gathering is perfect with the January 30 launch of “A Season for Nonviolence” 2014. He started the season to mark the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948 and Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 with a season of nonviolence awareness and events.