NAACP Memphis Branch Virtual Town Hall discussion on violence

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today

Where: Virtual; Join here; or call: 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 886 9422 3165, Passcode: 617507

Why: There are many myths around violence in the Black community. Because of them, too often, the response to violence is more policing, something that rarely solves the problem or works well for the community. “Experts” have been invited; your experiences make you an expert too. The goal of this discussion is to “focus on solutions and chart a path forward.” Shouldn’t that path be shaped by the people who have to live with the solutions?

#FreePervisPayne Rally

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday

Where: At the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard

Why: On Nov. 18, District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Pervis Payne would be taken off death row and instead would serve two consecutive life sentences. It’s a first step for supporters seeking Payne’s exoneration, and so this rally would be part celebration, part next step in the continued effort toward equal justice for all. 

The Concerned Pastors of Whitehaven Present: Feed the Need — The Community Thanksgiving Dinner

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Piccadilly, 3968 Elvis Presley

Why: With its emphasis on family and food, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for some. This meal, for those in need and those without a place to go, offers the opportunity to turn the day into a gathering of new friends and acquaintances.