More Than 100 Memphis Nonprofit Leaders Call For City to Fund Education And Criminal Justice Reforms
More than 100 Memphis nonprofit leaders are speaking out in support of protester demands for the City of Memphis to provide more money for K-12 education.
The letter, led by Black nonprofit leaders and supported by non-Black peers, was sent to elected officials and local corporations Monday and says nonprofits “see the direct impact of systemic racism and oppression daily.”
The City of Memphis does not provide money to Shelby County Schools, the largest district in the state that serves Memphis students, outside of a court settlement from a lawsuit over funding. The letter calls for, among other things, the city’s budget to “renew investment in K-12 education… including support for early literacy, high school success, trauma-responsive supports, and increased access to tech, art and music education.”