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VOL. 133 | NO. 80 | Friday, April 20, 2018

Scenes From National Walk Out Protests

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Shelby County Schools officials estimated approximately 20 Memphis schools participated in the April 19 National Walk Out protests. The protests in numerous cities were over two days to call attention to gun violence.

In Memphis, student leaders of the movement have talked about gun violence away from school as well as in school and on school grounds in the lead up to the National Walk Out actions as well as the local version of the March for Our Lives last month.

"Thousands of our students participated in a peaceful walkout in an effort to draw attention to improving school safety," SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson tweeted at the end of the school day Thursday. "Our students spoke out, read poems, sang anthems, created art installations, and led marches in an effort to have their voices heard."

The National Walk Out protests in Memphis included balloon releases, speeches, spoken word performances and a row of gravestones with the names of past victims of gun violence.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 333 19,446
MORTGAGES 68 383 22,433
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 86 2,922
BUILDING PERMITS 138 688 40,004
BANKRUPTCIES 34 238 12,486
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 108 6,374
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 123 7,395
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 92 4,453