Floyd protests Day 9: Spontaneous demonstration breaks out

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 04, 2020 11:40 PM CT | Published: June 04, 2020 11:05 PM CT

No protest was planned for the evening of Thursday, June 4, 2020, but one occurred anyway after a civil disobedience class at the National Civil Rights Museum. The Daily Memphian followed events with photos, videos and stories. 

June 04, 2020

Civil disobedience training course leads to demonstration

7:07 PM CT, June 4

Hundreds of people showed up to the National Civil Rights Museum on Thursday, June 4, for a civil disobedience training course held by the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and Coalitions of Concerned Citizens, and several other groups. 

The goals of the training course were to unite Memphis protesters under a list of ideologies and grievances, build a knowledge of how to safely and effectively execute a civil disobedience, prepare protesters to disrupt the economic system and protect the most vulnerable protesters during a disturbance.

More than 200 people participated in the civil disobedience training. 

They sat on the lawn facing the courtyard at the museum. 

During the event, they were split up into training groups based on their level of experience with protesting.


“We believe that in order to properly protest and march against injustice and police brutality we have to be properly trained on how to do it, so that’s what really brought us all out here,” said 20-year-old ZaVon Glass. 

Ashley Gaitan said she was fed up with injustice and racism in this country and that’s why she chose to take part in the training. 

“I came here because this is the breaking point where we all need to come together and stand up for what’s right,” Gaitan said. “Enough is Enough.”




June 03, 2020

Curfew moves into 4th night

1:09 PM CT, June 3

The citywide curfew moves into its fourth evening Thursday, June 4.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Thursday afternoon that the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will again be in force.

Continuing the curfew is a day-to-day decision. When Strickland announced the curfew Monday he said it would continue indefinitely. The state of emergency Strickland also issued with the curfew runs through Monday, June 8.


June 04, 2020

Germantown extends curfew through weekend

5:18 PM CT, June 4

The city of Germantown is extending its nightly curfew through the weekend with some slight adjustments, officials announced Thursday afternoon.

The curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Thursday. However, on Friday and Saturday the curfew will run from midnight until 5 a.m.

People traveling to or from work or those making medical emergency trips are exempt from the curfew.

The curfew is in the “interest of public safety” and “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a release from the city.



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