On Monday evening, August 15, Black Lives Matter activists gathered a close distance to music legend Elvis Presley’s former residence, Graceland. Seeing that the week marked the 39th anniversary of Presley’s death, participating activists viewed this monumental event as a prime opportunity to voice their concerns and raise awareness to what they believe is improper treatment by law enforcement due to a racial divide.
The protest, referred to as “Shut Down Graceland”, was intentionally routed around Graceland, as Fox News reports that “it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequality and because the site has ties to…the death of unarmed teen Darrius Stewart.”
Stewart, an African American teen, was ultimately shot on a Friday night in July of 2015 by a Memphis police officer after what is believed to be confusion on alleged warrants for Stewart, a car passenger, following a routine stop for a broken headlight. A fight is said to have ensued between the teen and the officer and Stewart was essentially shot and later died.
Fox News also reports that amidst the “Shut Down Graceland” protest, only two people were arrested.
The activists are hoping that their demands for equality will be met by the city.
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