Thursday, December 3, 2015

#TogetherStrong A Day of Unity

I went to bed last night with a heavy heart. Even though we have no cable or satellite TV in our house, my social media feed was full of the horrifying news of yet another mass shooting. More heartache in the world.

Sometimes it's just too much to even comprehend.

But, we have no choice, life must go on.

I woke up this morning and drove down to the waterfront of the Mississippi River here in Memphis to participate in the fifth annual Together Strong Day. Together Strong is a day for people from all faiths, all races and all socioeconomic classes to come together as one.

About a dozen of us met at Tom Lee Park to begin Together Strong Day with a walk along the river. The morning began with Loretta McNary speaking.

"We are truly more alike than we are different," she said. "We are stronger together and can accomplish great and mighty things."

Then Ellen Olford and Carolyn Leake of Central Church read proclamations from the Governor and local leaders declaring today Together Strong Day.

After a short walk along the river, we parted ways, with promises to get together again soon and continue working together.

As I drove home I realized that although humanity collectively is disheartening, humans individually hold great promise and hope.

I'll be blogging throughout the next hour or so on other Together Strong events. Up next, The Marybeth Conley Radio show on KWAM 990 Memphis. You can listen live now!

From the Marybeth Conley Radio Show 12/3/2015:

"It is easier to build strong children, than it is to repair broken men and women," Latrice Ryan                                         

"If you are a better woman, than everyone you touch will be a better woman," Terry Murphy 

"If we don't turn things around we won't survive," Marybeth Conley "It's going to take individuals to do it. Governments can't do it."

"You can't do it all, but you can do something," Marybeth Conley

"You can't name one great person, who went down in history, who didn't fail more than he succeeded." AC Curtis

"Let's do something, every little bit counts," Latrice Ryan

"A challenge to all the dudes out there, guys you see a need, fill a need," AC Curtis

You can also follow along #TogetherStrong on Periscope @sherrihenley


  1. WOW! Jennifer...this is amazing!

    You are a prime example of #TogetherStrong, in a collective effort of inclusion for unity of all humankind.

  2. Thanks for documenting all about #togetherstrong day!

  3. Touched my heart! A great summarization of a great day!!!