Families of nationally-known victims of police brutality speak with FOX13 about MLK’s legacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Families of nationally-known victims of police killings and injuries spoke exclusively with FOX13 about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and its meaning in today’s times.

“Let Our Children Live” is a phrase being heard loud and clear across the nation by thousands of families, including many in Memphis.

Families of men and women who were killed or injured at the hands of police took part in discussions this weekend to help curb gun violence in the community while also celebrating the life and legacy of MLK.

They gathered Sunday afternoon at Oak Grove AME Church in Memphis.

The nation paused Monday to remember and honor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Events in Memphis included the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake. Taylor, Floyd, and Blake were each killed or injured at the hands of the police.

FOX13′s Dakarai Turner spoke with them at the National Civil Rights Museum as they used their pain to push them into speaking out against gun violence.

The families spoke exclusively with FOX13 about the future of civil rights.

They said they’re at the front of the fight.

We spoke to them about what they believe their role is in continuing the legacy of MLK.

Person by person and thought by thought, each family spoke exclusively with FOX13 inside the National Civil Rights Museum, where Martin Luther King was assassinated more than 50 years ago.

“Being here is emotional because Martin Luther King was assassinated and George Floyd was assassinated,” said Floyd’s aunt, Angela Harrelson.

Mahalia Jones, Angela Harrelson, and Paris Stevens are all relatives of George Floyd.

Bianca Austin was an aunt of Breonna Taylor.

Jacob Blake Sr. is the father of Jacob Blake, shot in his back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“He talks about having a dream. We have to keep talking about it as a people equality is so important,” said Paris Stevens, George Floyd’s cousin.

“It’s meaningful, and it just makes you reflect on the position that we’ve been put in,” Breonna Taylor’s aunt Bianca Austin told FOX13.

The families will spend another day in Memphis before going back to their respective communities and taking the legacy of Dr. King with them.

FOX13 will have much more of our exclusive conversation with these families during our Black History Month coverage in February.