VIDEO: Activist who marched with MLK puts up provocative billboard about ‘Black Lives Matter’

VIDEO: Activist who marched with MLK puts up provocative billboard about ‘Black Lives Matter’

black lives matter2Longtime civil rights activist Fred Davis is tired of violence in the black community, and he decided to do something about it. Instead of directing his anger at the police, he channeled it into a billboard near his place of work in Memphis with a stern message for those concerned that “black lives matter.”

black lives matter3The Blaze reports,

“We’re going to have to wake up. We’re going to have to say to ourselves that black lives matter, and we’re going to have to refrain from killing each other out of our own frustration,” civil rights activist Fred Davis told WMC-TV.

“I think that gives me a license as an experienced observer to push and to advocate to the black community – let’s stop it,” Davis added.

Davis is an Army veteran who served in France for two years. He was also the first black man to receive a masters of business administration degree from the University of Memphis, the first black chairman of the Memphis city council, and walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when the iconic civil rights leader made his last march in Memphis in 1968, the year of his assassination.

This isn’t the first time Davis has attracted a lot of attention for a billboard message. In 2013, he put a sign at the same intersection to encourage people to pull up their sagging pants.

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Fred Davis has guts and should be commended for speaking up. While race relations are always problematic, not everything is always “black and white,” his voice is also one that needs to be heard. If it will stop just some of the violence, then it is worth it.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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