Protesters debrief in Overton Park after marching through Midtown on Saturday . (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)

Mayor Jim Strickland has ended the curfew, which last was extended to be in effect from 11 p.m. on June 7, 2020 to 5 a.m. on June 8, 2020

Strickland first ordered a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew on June 1 in response, he said, to “civil disturbances and violence by some individuals, including property damage, vandalism, and inciting a riot” on May 30 and May 31 following peaceful protests earlier each day. The daily extensions since then later were changed to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Meanwhile, the fever-pitch push to change the course of the future continues. Discussions and conversations are going on around the clock on multiple levels writes TSD All Over Town columnist Brianna A. Smith in “We matter — ‘There’s finally solidarity with black lives’.”

And millennials, she says, are stepping up as duty calls.

TSD intern Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. reports that the local protests are providing common ground for millennials, who are embracing a common cause.

Saturday, peaceful protests in the Memphis area continued. One group chose the intersection in front of the Abe Goodman Clubhouse at Overton Park Golf Course for its staging ground, departing from and returning to that spot after flowing through a section of Midtown.

A protester takes a stand with a simple message. (Karanja A. Ajanaku)

With the heat a factor, protesters were encouraged to prepare accordingly and take advantage of bottled water. Time was devoted to encouraging participants to wear masks, an acknowledgement that the coronavirus continues its deadly roll.

The intersection of message and masks. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)

As dusk settled in, marchers downtown gathered under the overpass near the Central Station Hotel in advance of surging north along South Main.

Photo (Karanja A. Ajanaku)
Photo (Karanja A. Ajanaku)
Memphis police on a slow roll behind marching demonstrators. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)


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Tennessee seeks to appeal, block vote by mail for all ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials on Friday sought an appeal and an immediate pause to a court’s ruling this week that lets all 4.1 million registered voters vote by mail during to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state made updates to its materials to reflect the expansion.

The state attorney general’s office filed the request in Davidson County Chancery Court to appeal and stay that court’s temporary injunction that expanded absentee eligibility Thursday.

State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins emailed local election officials Friday evening to let them know new court-ordered language was added to the website and the state absentee application form was updated. The form now has the option: “I have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, and therefore qualify as hospitalized, ill, or disabled and unable to appear at my polling place.”

“The county election officials can send out the form. If the court doesn’t take any further action, the counties will be sending out ballots,” Goins told The Associated Press in a statement Saturday. READ MORE
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