The National Civil Rights Museum and BRIDGES Present MLK50 Youth Convening Featuring International Environmental Activists

Posted by knetzler on Oct 25, 2017

More than 350 local high school students are expected to participate in Our Time, Our Voice, an MLK50 Youth Convening on Nov. 10. Internationally recognized activists Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and DJ Cavem will headline the event.

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 for the museum’s MLK50 Commemoration.

Workshops will focus on youth engagement in nonviolence training, conflict resolution, community change, and social justice issues directly affecting youth.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a powerful voice in the environmental justice movement and a lead plaintiff in the youth-led environmental class action suit against the federal government. Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) also serves as Youth Director of Earth Guardians. The 17-year-old indigenous hip-hop artist also authored the best-selling book We Rise. He has been featured on PBS, Showtime, Upworthy, Aljazeera, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian and more.

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 has performed at the White House and was recently featured on The Rachel Ray Show. DJ Cavem is a founder of Going Green Living Bling and Culinary Concerts and one of the first O.G.s (organic gardeners) at Denver’s GrowHaus. For the past decade, he has been using his music as a platform to educate and spark conversations around environmental and food justice issues.

Our Time, Our Voice is open to any and all youth in grades 9-12. Registration is required.

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

BRIDGES Director of Communications Kat Netzler or NCRM Marketing Communications Manager Connie Dyson.

BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement, examines today’s global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive change.