Memphis interfaith groups gets candidates, officials to commit to equity agenda

David Waters, Columnist, The Commercial Appeal

A number of local officials agreed Sunday afternoon to work with the faith-based organization MICAH to bring more economic, educational and multicultural equity to Memphis and Shelby County.

More than 1,200 people representing 50 congregations and nonprofits cheered the verbal commitments from Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and representatives of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, police Director Michael Rallings, and other city and county officials.

They also cheered when Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean, and a representative from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee all made verbal commitments to work with MICAH if they are elected Nov. 6.

“We need to send a statement to Tennessee, to the country and to the world that the poverty level in Memphis is unacceptable,” Dean told the crowd, which filled about two-thirds of historic Mason Temple just south of Downtown.