Youth Voices

Youth Voice

August 2017

Youth Voices

Summer-Fall 2017

Working in partnership with Bridges USA, a local youth leadership/civic engagement organization we will provide opportunities for young people to raise their voice and identify areas of importance for them to push for positive social change.  As an extension to the MLK50 digital platform, Youth Voice is highlighted and uplifted to present perspectives on the relevance of the Civil Rights Movement today and help to put it in context for younger citizens. Youth actively involved and engaged in social justice will share creative expressions and ideas for action to advance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s platforms of poverty, jobs, housing, education, justice, and peace. Students ages 14-21 will be invited to submit their thoughts on the significance of Dr. King - for their generation - and recommendations on where our community can go from here. Forms of expression may be written, visual and/ or artistic and may address some of the following questions:

  • How is the work of Dr. King relevant to your generation?
  • How can youth work individually and collectively to advance Dr. King’s pillars of
  • poverty, jobs, housing, education, peace and justice.
  • How are you using your advocacy skills to promote peace and justice?
  • Where do we go from here? What are your recommendations to advance the modern movement for civil/human rights in Memphis and worldwide?
  • What is the greatest civil rights issue of our time?