Youth Convening

Youth Convening

Nov 10, 2017

Youth Convening

Our Time, Our Voice

Nov 10, 2017

Our Time, Our Voice is a powerful convening of high school youth from across the region who will engage in experiential learning activities to develop and amplify youth voice and promote the Youth Voice Platform for MLK50.  

  Click to Register a 9-12 grader

Co-hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum and BRIDGES, the free event will feature workshops, speakers and networking opportunities to develop and amplify youth voice and promote the Youth Voices platform

Students grades 9-12 are welcome, from all backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, races, ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations.

Our Time, Our Voice will be held at First Baptist Church-Broad, and we expect 300-350 high school students to attend.

Our Time, Our Voice: An MLK50 Youth Convening
Friday, November 10, 2017 • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
First Baptist Church-Broad
2835 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112


Featured Speakers

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl (that’s ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and author of We Rise: The Earth Guardian's Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He’s the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, and his work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, Aljazeera, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and many more.  

Check out Xiuhtezcatl’s recent interview on Real Time with Bill Maher:

DJ Cavem Moetavation

DJ Cavem, aka Chef Ietef, is an environmental hip-hop artist and activist focused on food justice, gang intervention, race and politics, organic gardening and graffiti art. He was recently featured on "The Rachel Ray Show," and is a founder of Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts and one of the first O.G.s (organic gardeners) at the GrowHaus in Denver. For the past decade, DJ Cavem has been using his music as a platform to educate and spark the conversations around environmental and food justice issues.

Check out DJ Cavem’s single "Wheat Grass":



  • 8:00 – 8:45 Registration and grab-and-go breakfast
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Opening
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and DJ Cavem
  • 10:15-11:45 Workshop Session 1 (14-16 concurrent sessions)
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:45 Workshop Session 2 (14-16 concurrent sessions)
  • 3:00- 3:45 “Where do we go from here?” Closing with Final Speaker (includes evaluation)
Click for a list of workshops.

Youth workshops will be interactive and participatory and include practical learning around youth voice. The goal of these experiences is to educate, not persuade, participants on a particular issue or point of view. These exchanges are designed to give youth an opportunity to ask questions and learn more deeply, and to encourage students to become more involved and active in the community on their chosen social justice issues.


  Click to Register a 9-12 grader


We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet

Book Signing with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Thursday, November 9  •  6-8pm • FREE
National Civil Rights Museum, State of Tennessee Gallery

Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has become a voice for his generation, We Rise explores many aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start and join solution-oriented movements. With conversations between Xiuhtezcatl and well-known activists, revolutionaries, and celebrities, practical advice for living a more sustainable lifestyle, and ideas and tools for building resilient communities, the book is an action guide on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and industrial agriculture.

We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to do your part in making the world a better place and leave you asking, "What kind of legacy do I want to leave?


  Click to Register for book talk