Memphis officials promised to protect the rights of “protesters, patrons and property owners” if a planned protest at Graceland goes forward tonight, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Protesters in turn were vague about exactly what they have planned for the annual candlelight vigil attended by thousands of Elvis fans from around the world.
After demonstrators shut down the Hernando DeSoto bridge recently, Police Director Michael Rallings warned people to get permits in advance of protests. A group calling itself the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens announced plans Friday for a protest tonight. The group, which has protested the killings of black people by police across the U.S., posted “No justice, no Elvis” on social media and called the protest Operation Blue Suede Shoes. “A peaceful and nonviolent protest,” organizer Catherine Lewis said when asked to describe their plans.