Memphis Struggles For Justice With MCAP Co-Founder Justin J Pearson
Memphis has a long history in its struggle for justice. Just as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed there standing up for the rights of the city’s impoverished black community in “The Poor Peoples Campaign” more than 50 years ago, Memphis once again finds itself in a fight to protect its poor black community against injustice. This modern day “David versus Goliath” pits the black citizens of Memphis against the big Texas oil company seeking to run an oil pipeline through the heart of the black community and placing the health of these citizens at great risk. The Injustice of corporate greed over the health and well being of the black citizens of Memphis is a classic case of environmental racism.
Justin J. Pearson is the fourth son of five boys born to teenage parents in Memphis, Tennessee. Justin J. graduated from Mitchell High School as Valedictorian and Bowdoin College in 2017 majoring in both Government & Legal Studies and Education Studies. He currently lives in Memphis but works at the headquarters of Year Up in Boston, Massachusetts. He is focused on social, racial, and economic justice as Special Assistant to the CEO of Year Up – a national program helping 18 – 24-year-olds gain training and entry-level jobs with corporate partners such as Bank of America, Facebook, and Salesforce. Justin J. is also one of the leaders of Memphis Community Against the Pipeline (MCAP) which is a Black-led environmental justice organization seeking to end the racism and injustices in Memphis with the stopping of the Byhalia Connection Pipeline. Pearson has an unwavering commitment to justice and the pursuit of opportunity for all people.
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