16N68: My Story


Afraid of what was to happen next. “God Help Me!” Glass breaking all around me. Screams and then sirens blaring...policemen swinging sticks. I heard a man yell...“RUN, RUN! GO BACK TO THE CHURCH!” I searched for the Pastor and saw him covering his nose and his mouth with a handkerchief, pointing in the direction of Clayborn Temple.“Oh God help me!” Fearing for our lives we gathered inside the walls of Clayborn Temple. Then the police blasted over a bullhorn...”YOU’VE GOT 15 MINUTES TO COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!” We looked out the balcony window and saw hundreds of policemen lined up across the street. The pastor pleaded with us “Do what the police say!”


Hester Johnson Moore

Hester Johnson Moore As an actress, youth mentor, and storyteller, Hester shares with youth and adults her experiences as a 16-year-old girl during the Civil Rights Movement, Marches to Support the Sanitation Workers Strike, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coming to Memphis to support their efforts, the death of friends, political activists and more during the late 1960’s. She also performs one woman plays along with sharing the stories of many sheroes of the past, women like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Phillis Wheatley, Fannie Lou Hamer and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

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