FUNERAL FOR TYRE NICHOLS TO BE HELD IN MEMPHIS THIS WEDNESDAY AS CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER REV. AL SHARPTON DELIVERS EULOGY, ATTORNEY BEN CRUMP TO ISSUE NATIONAL CALL FOR JUSTICE—
Services at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Led by Rev. J. Lawrence Turner, Come as Nation Mourns 29-year-old Black Man Brutally Beaten to Death by Police
Memphis, Tenn. (Monday, January 30, 2023) – Tyre Nichols will be laid to rest at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church this Wednesday as the nation grieves the death of the 29-year-old, whose brutal beating at the hands of police officers was captured on horrific body camera footage. Rev. Al Sharpton, the Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), will eulogize Nichols at the request of the family, as attorney Ben Crump will deliver a call to action in a service led by Rev. J. Lawrence Turner.
Nichols’ funeral comes amid national outrage over his beating at the hands of Memphis police officers — five of whom have been charged with murder. Body camera footage released Friday evening showed cops relentlessly attacking Nichols on January 7 after a traffic stop. At one point Nichols called out for his mother as the beating worsened. Nichols died of his injuries three days later, leaving behind a 4-year-old son. Nichols’ death has sparked national protests against police brutality, sparking fresh calls for reforms.
Media will be assigned to the Church’s Chapel for coverage of the service, where a press conference will take place immediately after the funeral. Media also will have a designated area for coverage outside of the church. Media will not be allowed in the main sanctuary during the service. CBS News will provide video pooling inside the main sanctuary, while The Commercial Appeal will provide print and photo pooling. RSVP is required to cover this event; please respond no later than 8 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 31st here: https://forms.gle/qV2zszv4FwHNNakr6
The family of Tyre Nichols
Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
Ben Crump, Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney
Rev. J. Lawrence Turner, Senior Pastor of the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Press arrival: 7:30 a.m. CST
Services begin: 10:30 a.m. CST
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
70 N. Bellevue Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38104
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About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
For more information go to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.
About Ben Crump Law
Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit bencrump.com
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI BOULEVARD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, lovingly known as “The BLVD”, is the first African American church in the city of Memphis under the doctrine of the Disciples of Christ (DOC). Its mission is to lead others to Christ, learn to be like Christ, live for Christ, and love as Christ without limits in the Greater Memphis Area through transformative worship, engaging fellowship, impactful ministry, consistent discipleship, and broad evangelism. Since its founding in 1921 The BLVD has sought to be relevant not just to the spiritual needs of people, but also to how the message of Jesus applies to the social climate of a community. For more information, visit [http://www.theblvd.org%20/]www.theblvd.org.