Action Items for Inclusive Leaders
As an organization dedicated to training and empowering leaders, New Memphis understands our immense responsibility to the community to develop diverse leaders who are inclusive to the core. We know our city needs effective leaders who recognize their role in challenging and dismantling racist systems, and we are increasing our efforts to equip our network with the tools necessary to make real and lasting change. New Memphis helps local leaders to build a better future for Memphis, a future where every Memphian embraces the reality that Black lives matter. There is so much more work to do.
In an effort to continue our unequivocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have compiled a list of ways we encourage you to engage, help and learn.
- Donate (your time, your talents, and/or your funds) to the Black Business Association of Memphis, Just City, BRIDGES, Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, and Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (community bail-out fund). View more organizations to consider donating to here.
- Purchase from Downtown Memphis Commission's list of Downtown Black-Owned Businesses
- Review and support Choose 901's list of Black organizations and individuals.
- Review and support this list from Thrillist of individuals, organizations and establishments written by Embark grad Milton Howery III.
- Shop Cynthia Daniels' Juneteenth Shop Black event on June 19th from 12 to 8 pm.
- Educate yourself on where you fall on the spectrum with these Anti-racism resources
- Listen to this virtual event: June 4th 11 AM - Coffee & Conversations: An Honest Dialogue with Elliot Perry
- Listen to this virtual event: June 4th 4 PM - Bridges to History: Facing Contemporary Racism
- Read these books (for yourself and to your children) to gain new perspectives.
- Read this Memphis Magazine article featuring The CLTV's Victoria Jones (a New Memphis Celebrate What's Right panelist).
- Watch Austin Crowder's 2020 TEDxMemphis Talk titled "Can Government Class Revolutionize Police Encounters?"
- Watch Rosie Phillips Davis' 2019 TEDxMemphis talk titled "A Little More Hope, A Little Less Blame."
- Watch Virginia Reed Murphy's 2019 TEDxMemphis talk titled "Playback Theatre: A Prescription for Peace."
If you have any suggestions – readings, action items, organizations to support who are making a positive impact – please share them with us by emailing info [at] newmemphis [dot] org.
If you'd like to discuss how New Memphis can better advocate for Black Memphians, our CEO would love to talk with you. Email anna [at] newmemphis [dot] org