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The Autura Eason-Williams Day of Lament and Action

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

The Autura Eason-Williams Day of Lament and Action (AEWDLA)

An annual day established by the Black Methodists for Church Renewal of the

Tennessee/Western Kentucky Annual Conference of the UMC

Mrs. Glenese Scales, President


On July 18, 2022, Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams, was killed by gun violence when three teens jacked her car in the driveway of her Memphis home. An African American United Methodist minister, she was the creator of Signposts: Anti-Racism and Beloved Community, and an advocate for Black youth. This day honors her and provides opportunity for lamentation, discussion for gun violence awareness, reduction, and repair in communities.


Join us on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 4:00pm

  • Centenary UMC, Rev. Keith Caldwell, Pastor 584 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN, 38106

  • Clark Memorial UMC, Rev. Toi King, Pastor 1014—14th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208


In Nashville

Impact testimony and informative interaction with

  • Rev. Tara and Mr. Chan Williams of New Covenant Christian Church (DoC)

  • Rev. Davie Tucker, Director of Nashville/Metro Human Relations Commission, President of Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (IMF), Pastor at Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church

  • Rev. Neelley Hicks, Associate at Glencliff UMC, Trainer for Triumph Over Trauma

  • Organizing for art project at Dixon Memorial UMC 1111 Buchanan Street

  • Music, Video, Artwork, and More!



In Memphis

Impact testimony and informative interaction with

  • Mr. Ian Randolph, Political Affairs Chair of the Memphis NAACP

  • Rev. Roz Nichols, President of Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH)

  • Mr. Terrance Ryans, Director of Mission and Shelter, St. Matthews UMC, Trainer for Triumph Over Trauma

  • Organizing for art project at Centenary UMC


For further information contact:

Rev. Tondala Hayward: tondala.hayward@twkumc.org

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