Memphis United: Know Your Rights Theatre has had a busy couple of weeks! Faith Pollan, Paul Garner, and Kyamran Mohammad spent the day with Mr. Crowder’s government class at Soulsville Charter School this past Thursday. We were so impressed with how much his students already knew about their constitutional rights!
Saturday we got to visit the youth at Capleville Church. Their youth pastor, William Parker, frequently engages them on conversations around racism, gender equality, and more. Capleville Church is also a proud partner of the Juvenile Justice Project. It is always an honor to work with them.
Most of us, even us “woke” folks, have been well schooled on what we think our rights are when it comes to encounters with police officers. Cop dramas and movies have informed many of our beliefs about the way police interact with the public, and often this has shaped the way we engage with law enforcement in real life either consciously or unconsciously. Memphis United wants to clear up these misconceptions so that we can all be successful when we encounter law enforcement.These unique workshops use interactive theatre to educate young people about their rights and how to better communicate with law enforcement. Participants become the actors playing out real-life scenarios without the real-life consequences of an encounter with law enforcement. We run these workshops for free and we’ll come to you. We love visiting schools, youth groups, clubs, etc.
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