Community Matters

Performing the Peace: MPD officers with Frayser residents/ex-offenders from Lifeline to Success

Performing the Peace: MPD officers with Frayser residents/ex-offenders from Lifeline to Success

“I was brought up to fear the police, and that has shifted. I never thought I’d have a police officer’s number in my phone, but through Playback he has become my friend.”
-Will Holden, Performing the Peace participant

“Because of Playback I was able to be trusted by Ms Yurlene (fellow Performing the Peace participant) in a ‘policing’ decision I made in the community. Everybody walked away happy and this felt great.”
Cody Young, MPD officer, Performing the Peace participant

Recent events in Ferguson, MO – and even more recently in Frayser itself – are clear expressions of the hunger communities have to be seen, heard, respected, and healed. It’s a need that’s common to all communities, including communities right here in Memphis.

This fall, through Performing the Peace, Playback Memphis brought MPD officers together WITH residents and ex-offenders from Lifeline to Success to open lines of communications and break down barriers. With your support, Performing the Peace will become a model that other communities can adopt to bring diverse people together in a context of safety and trust focused on the hope that change is possible.

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Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by Arts Memphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the First Tennessee Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.
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