Monday, October 20, 2008

Participants Are Needed For Historic Amnesty International Conference & Dr. King Tribute In Memphis~Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Be Inspired...View The Keep The Dream Alive Video!!!

Keep The Dream Alive Aerial Art Event @ Tom Lee Park From 2pm-5pm *FREE*

Calling All Volunteers!!! The following event is free and open to the Memphis community and the general public...If you are an artist of any trade or profession (visual, music,literary, spoken word, acting, & dance) we need you to motivate the people!!! Please e-mail and/or call me @ 901-299-4355 if interested...
Ron Herd II/R2C2H2 Tha Artivist

Please Register For The Aerial Art Event:

Amnesty International is working with the National Civil Rights Museum, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)to produce a community event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Tom Lee Park on Sunday, November 2nd from 2 - 5pm. The event will include a brief ceremony honoring local civil and economic rights champions at the Tom Lee tribute sculpture, speeches by Bruce Jett of AFSCME, Congressman Steve Cohen, Larry Cox of Amnesty and other human rights voices, music sung by local choirs, passages from Dr. King's speeches read by local children and youth, and an aerial art event in which people will form up into an artist's rendering of Dr. King with his arm extended and the words, "Keep the Dream Alive." The image will be photographed from a helicopter and all participants will get a copy of the image to take away.

The event is part of 3 days of activities including Amnesty International's Southern Regional Conference (, bringing hundreds of student and community activists from all over the South to Memphis October 31 - November 2. Among other speakers, the conference features William Lucy, Executive Secretary of AFSCME who as you may know was a leader in the sanitation workers strike in 1968 that brought Dr. King to Memphis in solidarity. Also speaking is Carol Anderson, author of "Eyes Off the Prize," exposing the historic rift between the human rights and labor rights movement.

Together with Rev. Lennox Yearwood and the Hip Hop Caucus, we are producing a concert Saturday night November 1st at a venue to be determined.

For the aerial art event, we are partnering with Circle Up Now. To see an example of their outstanding work, please look at and click on the images they recently created in South Africa in honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.

Clarence Christian of Southwest, Gwen Harmon of the National Civil Rights Museum, Bruce Jett of AFSCME, Rev. Dwight Montgomery of SCLC and Ms. Johnnie Turner of the NAACP comprise our Host Committee/Circle of Advisors, who will be helping us select those who should be formally recognized at the event for keeping the dream of justice and equality alive in Memphis over the past 40 years.

If you would like to join as a Supporting Organization, please contact our team leader, Adiyah Ali, Amnesty International's Field Organizer for Tennessee, who works in our Atlanta-based Southern Regional Office. Her phone number is (404) 876-5661 ext. 18, her e-mail address is I'm copying her this message and providing her your contact information for follow up as well.

Also More Volunteers Are Needed For...

Amnesty International U.S.A. Southern Regional Conference 2008
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 @
Holiday Inn Select Memphis Airport
2240 Democrat Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38132

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