The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is a radical group that contains many people from Black Lives matter. They intend to shut down Graceland on Monday.
This may seem like an unusual target, but the timing is not. Elvis Week is currently running. It started last Wednesday and is scheduled to go through Tuesday.
Leaders of this protest say that it will start at 6 PM on Monday. Why did they chose this week to demonstrate? They chose Elvis week because they know it will raise awareness.
Black Lives Matters Plans to Shut Down Graceland
More info, per Breitbart:
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens in Memphis consists of the Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, the Memphis Grass Roots Organization, the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense & Inward Journey, and other groups. Memphis Voices for Palestine announced it will also join the planned Graceland chaos.
The Coalition released the following statement:
The demonstration, set for Monday at 6:00pm, is planned as a peaceful show of solidarity, unifying the people of Memphis against systems that promote poverty, violence, and economic disparity. Graceland was chosen as a protest site because it demonstrates one of Memphis’ most common forms of financial inequity and because the site has ties to a prominent case of police brutality that resulted in the death of unarmed teen Darrius Stewart.
Graceland recently opened The Guest House, a new 450-room resort-style hotel in the heart of the African-American community of Whitehaven. The project cost more than $120 million to build and received upwards of $78 million in public funding and tax breaks. Project developers and city officials promised Whitehaven residents the project would be an economic boon to the community, but as has been case for decades, residents have seen little if any of that money “trickle down” into the middle-class neighborhood’s economy. This is not an uncommon story.
Elvis Week Black Lives Matter Protest
Elvis week is a big week at Graceland. Hopefully order can be maintained and it won’t cause people to be unable to enjoy the festivities. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone there as we hope they stay safe.